Are you anxious or depressed and unable to undertake your day to day activities? Well, there are good news because therapy has been found to work as effectively and in some cases more effective than medication. The only challenge you have to surmount is in getting the right therapist who will understand your condition and craft a proper solution for it. Depression is an age old disorder that affects the mind and disrupts your normal functioning. The following are some of the therapy solutions you can seek to help stem this disorder.
Developed by Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis is often referred to as the mother of all therapies. This therapy involves probing the psyche of the patient with an aim to resurface unconscious impulses and behavioral patterns. The treatment may last for a number of weeks or even years depending on how well you cope with it.
This is more or less of a reduced form of psychoanalysis in that the sessions are not as frequent and the treatment is briefer lasting for a year or less. The treatment here focuses on personal development, the unconscious, as well as the relationship between the patient and the therapist. The techniques applied are different to those of psychoanalysis and the targeted goals are much more limited.
Depression and anxiety can be caused or contributed by negative thought patterns. Cognitive therapy comes into the picture to turn around negative thinking and thought patterns. When undergoing treatment, you will learn the formation of irrational thoughts and how to replace them with constructive thinking. The focus in cognitive therapy is in solving immediate problems and it lasts for about four months or less. It also comes with homework where the therapist may ask the patients to track their moods and practice new ways of thinking.
This therapy helps you to change your behavior and thereby overcome problems. For instance, you may be exposed gradually to anxiety inducing situations through a process known as desensitization so that you can become comfortable with these situations. In most instances, therapists pair behavioral therapy with cognitive therapy so as to address both the behavior and thought patterns. This results into a therapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Depression may at times be caused by lack of social support and interpersonal conflicts. In these instances, interpersonal therapy may be the solution for you. This therapy just like cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy is brief and focused. As the patient, you are asked to closely examine your relationships with your family, co-workers, friends, and other key people in your life. This will help you to resolve any interpersonal conflict as well as improve communication and build a solid support network. As part of the treatment, the therapist may ask you to create an inventory of vital relationships and role play.
In addition to the above therapies, there are other treatments such as experiential therapy which helps you to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy emotional responses as well as online therapy which is simply a therapy offered through an online platform.