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Should you try therapy again if it didn't seem to help your depression the first time?

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Here are some things to consider before you try again:

Think about the reasons you didn't find therapy useful in the past. Why didn't it work? What did you need from therapy that you weren't getting?

Decide what you want out of therapy now. Come up with goals.

Consider trying a new therapist. Make sure that the therapist you're seeing has training and expertise in psychotherapy forms that are specific to the treatment of depression.

Give therapy a chance to work. Don't give up after a few sessions.

From: Psychotherapy for Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wiles, N. , Feb. 2013. Lancet

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?”

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: Mpower: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help.”

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Little A. , July 15, 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Wiles, N. , Feb. 2013. Lancet

National Institute of Mental Health: “What is Depression?”

FDA: “The Lowdown on Depression.”

Mental Health America: Mpower: “Facts about Depression and Suicide.”

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How it works and how it can help.”

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Little A. , July 15, 2009. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

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