Current research suggests that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that suggests that depressive symptoms are largely influenced by the way we think and behave. For example, individuals who are depressed have a tendency to think about themselves in a negative and pessimistic way. These mental tendencies are then believed to drive the way we feel and conduct our lifestyle. Thus, a fundamental component of CBT is learning how to address our thoughts and discover more adaptive ways of coping with them.

Another important part of CBT for depression is to address maladaptive behaviors that, in turn, can drive negative thinking. Research suggests that depressed individuals are more likely to smoke, drink excessively, overeat, be physically inactive, and have limited social support. Therefore, for individuals to become less depressed they must explore their lifestyle and make behavioral changes that allow them to regain a sense of pride about themselves and their life.

If you are interested in taking medication as a complement to cognitive behavioral therapy, we will be happy to discuss this option with you and make a referral to one of our psychiatry colleagues who can further assist you in starting an anti-depressant medication.

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