Dr James Korman, PsyD, ACT
Clinical Psychologist
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Wayne, NJ
NJ Lic-3302 

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CBT Treatment of Depression

Depression is a condition that can have mild, moderate or severe symptoms.

The symptoms associated with depression include depressed mood, loss of pleasure or interest, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, sleeping and eating difficulties, excessive feelings of guilt and at times suicidal thoughts.

Left untreated depression can cause serious consequences for the individual and those around them. Consequences include loss of productivity at work or loss of ones job, conflict with friends and family, social isolation and in the worst case suicide.

The treatment for depression includes psychotherapy with research showing that cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective forms. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy targets the negative thoughts and assumptions that depressed people usually have about themselves (I am a failure, no loves me, I am inadequate, etc.), their future (nothing will ever work out,why bother trying, etc.) and others (nobody likes me, everyone is better than me, etc.). It helps individuals learn how to evaluate these assumptions and not just focus on information that supports them. It also works to modify behaviors that tend to reinforce these negative ideas and maintain depressive symptoms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a more structured form of treatment that works to make every session productive and assigns homework regularly to reinforce the gains made in session. 

CBT may be successful in treating depression alone or may be used in combination with antidepressant medication.

© 2012 James Korman, PsyD