Overcoming Depression through Counseling and Therapy

Ever been in a discontented or sad mood that left you feeling either hopeless or lethargic? If yes, you were most likely suffering from depression. This is a serious illness that often leads to suicide in some individuals. Statistics show that at least one person in ten adults is experiencing this condition. According to psychologists, a large group of people who have ever been depressed had their first bout of the condition in their early twenties or even late teens.


Research has shown that depression is common among women than men. However, one of the reasons given to this is that men usually don’t seek help and that’s why more cases are reported among women. There’s a huge difference between dealing with the symptoms associated with depression and overcoming the condition for good.


One of the feelings that come with being depressed is that you’ll never overcome or get out from the condition. However, the truth is that depression can be overcome. All you need to do is seek help. You don’t have to live with something that is preventing your from enjoying or living the kind of life you want.


Finding a therapist to help with your condition

You might have tried different lifestyle changes but nothing seems to be happening. It’s time you seek help from a therapist. There are different types of mental health specialists but choosing a therapist is very important since this is not only a health professional but someone you can connect with in your recovery process. You can find a good therapist through National mental health organizations or by word of mouth from friends and family members.


The different types of therapy that can help in treating depression include:

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

A therapist will use a blended approach to help you deal with the negative thinking and combat depression. Therapy helps you to have a clear understanding why you’re feeling a certain way, what seems to be triggering the depression and what you need to do to stay healthy. Basically, therapy sessions help you see the things that could be contributing to the condition and what you can do to change.


Therapy sessions, whether group or individual, usually take about an hour. The benefit of having an individual therapy is that you’re able to get individualized attention as you build a strong relationship with the other person (therapist). This helps you to be open and share more information including what you think is more sensitive.


Group therapy is beneficial as well since you can listen to your peers who are experiencing the same struggles and build self-esteem. It helps you to validate your individual experiences. A group therapy session allows you to get tips on how you can go through and overcome your depression as you listen to members who are a step ahead in their depression.  


The most important things about overcoming depression through therapy are building relationships and trust, communication, collaboration, understanding and taking action. Regardless of the approach, successful therapy can help an individual change his or her moods, actions, thoughts and perceptions for the better.