The most common and effective method of treating depression is by using the techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT for short. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works by focusing on how our thoughts affect our behaviours and feelings.
The theory is that feelings result from our thoughts. Thoughts that are negative or irrational can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. When a person habitually has negative and irrational thoughts the result can be depression sets in.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to identify thought patterns that are leading to depression. Then by challenging these thought patterns CBT has strategies to help you change the thought patterns to those which will encourage feelings of well-being.
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CBT can be very powerful and result in breaking down the vicious circle that depression can cause. There are some well-structured techniques that a person can work through and when practised over a period of time, shifts occur in a person mood. Each shift empowers the person even more and enables further improvements to happen.
One of the best things about CBT is that in the end, it enables you to become your own therapist. This means that whenever you start to feel low or depressed you can use the CBT techniques you have learnt to feel good again.