Psychotherapy is a behavior therapy where the person and the counselor build a trusting relationship and work through various issues by talking through them based on varying approaches.
There are various types of psychotherapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) etc.
Not all mental illnesses respond to a particular psychotherapy in the same way and the selection of particular therapy based on the symptoms, treatment history, and the goals expected from the therapy.
Adding a psychotherapy suitable for your depression symptoms can help in improving the treatment outcomes and the benefits might last longer.
What are the different kind of behavior therapies available for the treatment of depression?
Various types of behavior therapies are available to help people struggling with depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy particularly beneficial. These therapies can teach you how to conquer depression.
When to use cognitive behavior therapy for the treatment of depression?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy. This form of therapy modifies thought patterns in order to change moods and behaviors. It’s based on the idea that negative actions or feelings are the result of current distorted beliefs or thoughts, not unconscious forces from the past.
CBT, is a common type of talk therapy that for some people can work as well or better than medication to treat depression. It can be effective if your depression is mild or moderate. It also can help with more severe cases if your therapist is highly skilled.
CBT often requires only 10 to 20 sessions.
The sessions provide opportunities to identify situations that may be triggering or contributing to your depression. You might identify current patterns of thinking or distorted perceptions that lead to depression along with your therapist.
Is CBT self-directed therapy?
If you’ve wanted to try CBT for anxiety or depression but aren’t able to see a CBT therapist, you may not need to. Many studies have found that self-directed CBT can be very effective.
Self-directed CBT was generally recommended as a therapy option for individuals with mild-to-moderate depression.
Self-Directed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adults with Diagnosis of Depression: Systematic Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines – One study provided evidence that CCBT may result in fewer visits to a general practitioner and mental health care specialist.
When to use Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT) for the treatment of Depression?
DBT is a specific form of CBT which focuses to help people who have extreme emotional reactions. The aim of DBT is the tone down the intensity of persons reactions and guide them to interact with the environment around them in a healthier and less emotional way.
DBT often is the most effective therapy for those who struggle with self-harm behaviors like cutting and chronic suicidal ideation.
The main focus of DBT are the social and emotional aspects of daily life. Besides one-on-one counseling sessions, DBT group therapy sessions are also available.
DBT focuses on helping people change their extreme behavior patterns, as opposed to trying to think or talk through the issues they are struggling with.
DBT relies on the mindfulness skills used in Buddhism. DBT guides patients to use specific mindfulness techniques to learn to live with pain in the world and accept how things are instead of suffering by trying to change them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Depressed Older Adults: A Randomized Pilot Study – Results from this pilot study suggest that DBT skills training and telephone coaching may offer promise to effectively augment the effects of antidepressant medication in depressed older adults.
Results from this pilot study suggest that DBT skills training and telephone coaching may offer promise to effectively augment the effects of antidepressant medication in depressed older adults.
When can one go for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) for the treatment of Depression?
REBT approach helps to identify irrational beliefs and negative thought patterns that may lead to emotional or behavioral issues.
Once you identify these patterns, a therapist can help you develop strategies to replace them with more rational thought patterns.
CBT and REBT approaches work to help you accept and change irrational thoughts that cause distress. But REBT puts a little more emphasis on the acceptance part.
REBT method can be beneficially directed toward addressing both irrationalities in depressive thinking but also conditions that commonly coexist with depression such as anxiety, anger, panic, and an inappropriately low tolerance for frustration.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Medication in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial, Posttreatment Outcomes, and Six-Month Follow-Up – A larger effect of REBT (significant) and CT (nonsignificant) over pharmacotherapy at 6 months follow-up was noted on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression only.
Why is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy apt for your Depression Treatment?
ACT differs from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) by trying to teach people to better control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories and other private events. ACT teaches them to just notice, accept, and embrace their private events, especially previously unwanted ones.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.
ACT paired with mindfulness-based therapy offers clinically effective treatment.
ACT is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. ACT helps develops psychological flexibility.
ACT is based on the psychology that accepting your negative thoughts can help them pass faster. It is a fast treatment for Depression but in case when
you can accept yourself and let go of things. When one feels that acceptance is much easier than battle.
If you are capable of self improvement, and can fight yourself it is better to use CBT. If you can’t fight yourself, then use ACT.
Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Anxiety and Depression of Razi Psychiatric Center Staff – Acceptance and commitment therapy reduces anxiety and depression.