Psychotherapy Helps People
Recover From Depression

Psychotherapy offers people the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to their depression and to deal effectively with the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal and situational causes. Medications can be very helpful for reducing the symptoms of depression in some people, particularly for cases of moderate to severe depression. Some depressed individuals may prefer psychotherapy to the use of medications, especially if their depression is not severe. Having one episode of depression greatly increases the risk of having another episode. There’s evidence that ongoing psychotherapy may lessen the chance of future episodes or reduce their intensity. Through therapy, people can learn skills to avoid unnecessary suffering from later bouts of depression.
Depression can seriously impair a person’s ability to function in everyday situations. By working with qualified and experienced therapists, those suffering from depression can help regain control of their lives.
From the American Psychological Association, 2004