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How can psychotherapy help with treating depression?

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Psychotherapy involves sitting down with a mental health professional who can help you better understand your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Together, you’ll try to figure out what helps you feel better.

Psychotherapy can help you figure out why you feel the way you do and how to manage difficult emotions better. It might help you to overcome certain fears, or change behaviors that aren’t helping you manage your feelings.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

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