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How can I cure depression with psychotherapy?

30 doctors weighed in
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In brief: Yes

Psychotherapy is the best treatment for depression.
If the depression is profound, sometimes medication can help, but it is not necessary.

In brief: Yes

Psychotherapy is the best treatment for depression.
If the depression is profound, sometimes medication can help, but it is not necessary.
Dr. William Drescher
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
I disagree. psychotherapy in the traditional sense takes many years, and will help only some wealthy people. An empathic, experienced primary care doc, understanding and using appropriate medication will relieve the depression with simple supportive/cognitive Rx within 6 wks, >75% cases of depression r Rx by primary care docs, and insurance should start covering this in the primary care setting.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has good evidence for treating Major Depressive Disorder, and takes far less time than insight-oriented psychotherapy. I don't think there's a "best" treatment for depression, as depressive disorders are not homogenous. In general, though, a combination of meds + therapy confers the best prognosis for most patients with depression.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on severity

Usually, medication and psychotherapy combined provide optimal results.
Psychotherapy will help you to recognize sx when they occur, talk about things that might cause depressive feelings to exacerbate, also help establish routine for you, including self-care. Psychotherapy will help you look for patterns of behavior you used in the past to cope with stress. You'll learn how to control depression.

In brief: Depends on severity

Usually, medication and psychotherapy combined provide optimal results.
Psychotherapy will help you to recognize sx when they occur, talk about things that might cause depressive feelings to exacerbate, also help establish routine for you, including self-care. Psychotherapy will help you look for patterns of behavior you used in the past to cope with stress. You'll learn how to control depression.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Considerations

If there's no evident physical basis 4 this depression & u feel stuck, therapy can help u sort out what's keeping u stuck + help u get unstuck.
Learn about different approaches (eg experiential & mindfulness approaches that help u identify & experience ur emotions as u're feeling them; psychodynamic or relational approaches that trace roots of ur feelings & explore patterns in ur relationships;...

In brief: Considerations

If there's no evident physical basis 4 this depression & u feel stuck, therapy can help u sort out what's keeping u stuck + help u get unstuck.
Learn about different approaches (eg experiential & mindfulness approaches that help u identify & experience ur emotions as u're feeling them; psychodynamic or relational approaches that trace roots of ur feelings & explore patterns in ur relationships;...
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
... cognitive behavioral approaches that help u learn to analyze & challenge associations between how you feel & what u think; etc.) Then research & call some mental health professionals in ur area & decide among those who feel like the best match 4 u. Then try one out -& maybe another & another- until u find one u connect with. Together w/that person u can begin 2 shape ur plan 2 get unstuck.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Psychotherapy

Depression is fueled by a negative self voice.
Psychotherapy can help uncover the origins of your negativity and help correct your misperceptions of yourself so ultimately the way you talk to yourself becomes more understanding rather than remaining very critical. Go to the soundmindz.Org web site for information of the benefits of therapy.Best.

In brief: Psychotherapy

Depression is fueled by a negative self voice.
Psychotherapy can help uncover the origins of your negativity and help correct your misperceptions of yourself so ultimately the way you talk to yourself becomes more understanding rather than remaining very critical. Go to the soundmindz.Org web site for information of the benefits of therapy.Best.
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Control, not cure

Psychotherapy can be help one recover from depression.
There is good evidence that several forms of psychotherapy work as well for mild to moderate depression as medication. Choice of treatment depends on availability, and the preferences of the patient. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. Neither psychotherapy or medication cure depression. Both types of treatment speed up the process of recovery.

In brief: Control, not cure

Psychotherapy can be help one recover from depression.
There is good evidence that several forms of psychotherapy work as well for mild to moderate depression as medication. Choice of treatment depends on availability, and the preferences of the patient. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. Neither psychotherapy or medication cure depression. Both types of treatment speed up the process of recovery.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

I must disagree with a colleague here who said that psychotherapy is the best treatment for depression and that medication is not necessary.
Major depressive disorder can be a very serious condition, resulting in death (by suicide), if severe enough and if inadequately treated. I am concerned about misinformation for mental illness on the internet, from acquaintances and even on this forum.

In brief: Maybe

I must disagree with a colleague here who said that psychotherapy is the best treatment for depression and that medication is not necessary.
Major depressive disorder can be a very serious condition, resulting in death (by suicide), if severe enough and if inadequately treated. I am concerned about misinformation for mental illness on the internet, from acquaintances and even on this forum.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
All cases of depression are certainly not the same. Some cases will respond well to meds and poorly to therapy, and vice versa. In general, a combination of meds + therapy confers the best prognosis.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
For one critical examination of the "psychotherapy + meds is best" assertion, see "Integrating Psychotherapy & Pharmacotherapy: Myths & the Missing Link" by Jacqueline A. Sparks Barry L. Duncan & Scott D. Miller: http://bit.ly/191l9wm. (2006, J of Family Therapy, Vol 7)
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

By being an active participant, despite depressed mood, apathy, and low energy.
Follow through with clinical recommendations, such as exercise, and homework.

In brief: Depression

By being an active participant, despite depressed mood, apathy, and low energy.
Follow through with clinical recommendations, such as exercise, and homework.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not the best

Treatment available.
We know from years of research that the best treatment is a combination of medication and therapy. Why sell yourself short? Get the best treatment!

In brief: Not the best

Treatment available.
We know from years of research that the best treatment is a combination of medication and therapy. Why sell yourself short? Get the best treatment!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you.
Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other.

In brief: Depression

Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you.
Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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