Does Therapy Actually Work For Depression?

What is Depression?

According to the DSM-5, Depression is a mental health condition characterized by at least 5 of the following symptoms for a two-week period.

  1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (eg, feels sad, empty, hopeless) or observations made by others (eg, appears tearful). (NOTE: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.)
  2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation).
  3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (eg, a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. (NOTE: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gain.)
  4.  Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day.
  5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
  7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick).
  8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by their subjective account or as observed by others).
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

If you’re experiencing at least 5 of these symptoms, you may be dealing with a depressive disorder and may benefit from depression therapy.

A therapy office at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. Our depression therapists are ready to help! Give us a call today to get scheduled for a depression therapy appointment.

How Does Depression Therapy Help?

Depression therapy offers a structured and supportive environment for individuals struggling with depression disorders and depressive symptoms to explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Through therapeutic sessions, individuals work collaboratively with trained depression therapists to gain insights into the underlying causes of their depression and develop effective coping strategies. Therapists employ evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, and interpersonal therapy to empower clients with the tools they need to manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.

One of the key benefits of therapy for depression is the opportunity for individuals to gain a deeper understanding of their emotional experiences and learn new skills for managing them. Depression therapists provide a safe and nonjudgmental space for clients to express themselves openly, facilitating self-reflection and insight. Through guided exploration, clients can identify and challenge negative thought patterns, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness and resilience. By equipping individuals with practical strategies and empowering them to take an active role in their mental health, therapy serves as a valuable resource for navigating the challenges of depression and fostering lasting emotional wellness.

Depression Therapy at Brittani persha Counseling

Our expert therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are trained to help those dealing with symptoms of depression or a depressive disorder. Through our individualized treatment approaches, you can begin to get your life back and experience a life without depression. If you are interested in meeting with one of our depression therapists, give us a call at 713-364-8645 or use the link below to book a depression therapy phone consultation to learn more about our services and clinicians.

Featured Depression Therapist at Brittani Persha Counseling

A depression therapist at Brittani persha Counseling in Houston, TX standing outside in a park. Our depression therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are ready to help you navigate through your healing journey. Give us a call today!

Megan Griffith, LPC, is a depression therapist at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. Megan also provide services to individuals and groups, with concerns including, parenting, divorce, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem. She uses a variety of approaches in therapy such as EMDR, person-centered therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She enjoy being able to help clients, regardless of age, find their strengths, belief in self, and to help her clients navigate the many relationships and roles they have in life. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Megan, please use the link below.

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