Depression is a common mental heath condition characterized by changes in mood, behavior, and functioning that persist for at least several weeks and cause difficulties in functioning. For men and women this might mean difficulties at work, social withdrawal and/or conflict, or difficulties with self-care. Depression is more than simply being in a bad mood, feeling sad, or having a negative attitude and includes other significant psychological, biological, and behavioral changes.
Signs of Depression in Adults
Frequent Mood Swings
Change in Appetite
Loss of Energy or Fatigue
Job Performance Difficulties
Thoughts of Death or Suicide
Depression Treatment for Adults
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the most researched and scientifically proven psychotherapy for treating depression in adults. CBT is a very practical and easy to understand treatment approach that emphasizes the here-and-now and the development of effective coping skills and strategies. In adults, emphasis is placed on both behavior change, as well as, the development of insight into an individual’s presenting issues.
Certain medications (i.e., SSRIs) are commonly used to treat depression in adults. Medication has proven to be an effective treatment for severe depression but research suggests that for mild to moderate depression medication may have little to no benefit over placebo. At Mindly, we strive to help people make well-informed decisions regarding their treatment options.
Mindfulness Based Therapy is a type of psychotherapy geared toward becoming more aware of yourself and your environment. The goal is to notice your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness has been used in Eastern medicine, religious practices, and daily life since ancient times.
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) works from the idea that individuals can only be fully understood within a view of a “family” unit. IFS assumes each individual possesses a variety of sub-personalities, or “parts,” (each with its own likes, dislikes, burdens and history) designed with a distinct role in achieving self preservation for the person. The therapist will help the person find out the reason behind the part’s actions, ideally providing insight into its rationale with the goal for the part to stop its actions if other effective coping mechanisms were used instead.