The Best Way To Treat Depression

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It helps change negative
thought patterns and enables people with depression to see the world more
realistically.
Changing how you think is the
best way to overcome depression, research finds.
Cognitive techniques can help
to change negative thought patterns and enable people with depression to see
the world more realistically.
Dr
Daniel Strunk, the study’s first author, said:
“…our results suggest that it
was the cognitive strategies that actually helped patients improve the most
during the first critical weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy.”
The study involved 60 patients
diagnosed with major depression who were treated by cognitive therapists.
The results showed that an
initial focus on cognitive techniques was linked to greater improvements in
depression than using behavioural techniques.
Typical cognitive techniques
include questioning negative thoughts and running thought experiments.
Behavioural techniques include
things like making a plan of action to do things that you enjoy.
The study also found that
people who collaborated better with their therapist and committed to therapy
did better.
Dr
Strunk said:
“If you’re a patient and
willing to fully commit to the therapy process, our data suggest you will see
more benefit.”
The
study is part of a project to understand how cognitive therapy works, Dr Strunk
said:
“We’re trying to understand if
cognitive therapy leads people to a profound change in their basic self view,
or if it teaches them a set of skills that they have to continually practice
over time.”
Cognitive-behavioural therapy
targets both thoughts and behaviours, but it may be the cognitive aspect that
is most useful at first.
Dr
Strunk said:
“In our sample of cognitive
therapy patients, cognitive techniques appeared to promote a lessening of
depression symptoms in a way that was not true of behavioral techniques.”
The study was published in the
journal Behaviour Research and Therapy (Strunk et al., 2010).
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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.