Depression in Adults

Depression in Adults

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

  • Anger
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Feeling worthless
  • Social withdrawal
  • Persistent sadness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in appetite
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Job performance difficulties
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating

Depression Treatment for Adults

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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.
Psychotherapy (i.e., talk or behavioral therapy) is an effective treatment for depression in adults for mild to moderate depression. For more severe cases of depression a combination of medication and psychotherapy is typically recommended.
Behavioral Activation
Behavioral Activation (BA) is a form of behavioral therapy that focuses primarily on behavior and the environmental context of that behavior in understanding and intervening in an individual’s experience (e.g., depression). While BA has nearly always been considered to be an essential component of cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of depression, more recent evidence suggests that BA alone is quite effective in alleviating depressive symptoms.

Mindly Adult Depression Therapists 

Using Our Phones for Good…..Mental Health

Depression affects everyone differently. Whether you’re dealing with deep depression, loneliness, grief, or extreme stress that’s affecting your health; it’s important to have easy access to help when you need it beyond your sessions with your therapist.

Todays advancing technology can provide a valuable complementary option for tackling and managing depressive symptoms.  It can provide you with great feedback about the frequency, intensity, and impact of your depressive symptoms that make it easier to convey to your therapist or make a plan about what to do.

The perks? No appointments necessary and it can give you more confidence in your ability to see and maintain improvement. Below are some suggestions and the intended best usages.  If you decide to utilize one or many, have a conversation with your therapist to ensure outcomes are being measured and symptoms are being addressed.

Moodpath – Depression & Anxiety Test

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Unsure of what your moods mean? Moodpath offers a mental health assessment that can help you make the judgement call about exploring professional treatment. Moodpath asks you in-the-moment questions over a series of 14 days to weigh your emotional well-being. The app is geared toward facilitating conversations with a professional, but you can also find more than 150 exercises and tools to work on your mental health within the app.




Available for iPhone & Android users

Price: Free with in-app purchases

While mental health is becoming more visible, the stigma hasn’t dissolved completely. That can feel pretty isolating. For a safe space to talk openly about depression with others who get it, there’s TalkLife. It offers connection and community support similar to group therapy. A caring community of thousands of people is waiting to talk, listen, and help you feel a little less lonely. If you’re concerned about privacy, anonymous sharing is an option too.

Daylio – Mood Tracker


Price: Free with in-app purchases

Ever notice that your moods tend to fluctuate at certain times? Daylio can help you pinpoint these trends sooner so you can make the adjustments you need. Within the app, you can detail your daily activities and moods with stats and trends to help you understand your mood better. Reminders ensure you keep up with your tracking and journaling activity.



Price: Free with in-app purchases

This AI assistant helps with managing depression. Chat back and forth with your assistant, who asks prompts that encourage you to think about your thought patterns and behaviors. The app walks you through techniques you may need in the moment based on your responses. It then summarizes your conversations and interactions into insights that help you understand more about your emotional well-being.

Depression CBT

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Price: Free

This self-help app is based on the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy. Through informational articles, diarylike mood tracking, and built-in motivational features, the app will help you modify your thought patterns for a better mood. A depression severity test allows you to evaluate your progress.  Audio content helps to utilize it during for stressful morning commutes.

What’s Up?

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Price: Free with in-app purchases

What’s Up? is more than just a diary and habit tracker. Drawing from CBT and acceptance commitment therapy, it helps teach you dozens of coping mechanisms, from grounding exercises and breathing techniques to ways of recognizing distorted thought patterns, such as catastrophizing and black-and-white thinking. The app’s forum also gives you a place to connect when you’re needing some extra support.



Price: Free with in-app purchases

Pacifica is a mindfulness app that can help you identify your feelings or struggles, then move toward acceptance and peace. Designed by a psychologist so you can expect to practice helpful techniques, such as visualization, mindfulness meditation, and muscle relaxation, all while nature soundscapes nudge you toward relaxation and calm.











Price: Free with in-app purchases

Games make everything a bit more fun. And when you’re feeling depressed, fun may be exactly what you need. With an eye toward improving your mood for now and building resilience for later, Happify’s evidence-based games and activities borrow from positive psychology, CBT, and mindfulness. Challenge yourself to complete them. Discover how depression, irritability, and stress can move toward perspective and empowerment.