Depression is an illness that affects the entire body. It’s not just a feeling of sadness, it can lead to other health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
When someone has depression, they may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning or concentrating on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. Depression also makes you think about things differently—in ways that are unhealthy and make your life worse.
Depression also changes how you feel about yourself—you might start to believe that you’re unlovable or worthless, even though this isn’t true. Most people with depression need treatment from either their family doctor or specialized psychiatrist, but some people find relief by talking to therapists who specialize in treating depression and other mental health problems.
Finding the right therapist for yourself may hold the key to happiness. Therapists can help you manage your symptoms, improve your relationships, and get more out of life. Some therapists use a technique called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that focuses on changing how people think and behave to change their moods.
Choosing a Therapist
There are many types of therapists, and while it’s important to find someone who specializes in the condition that you have (e.g. depression), there are other qualities that can make them a good fit for your personality and goals. Think about what you need from a therapist and what you hope to accomplish before meeting with a therapist. Once you have a list of therapists, look for the following qualities:
1. Respect – Is your therapist going to take you seriously? Do they seem interested in helping you? If not, move on.
2. Experience – Ask about the therapist’s experience and what type of treatments they use. You want to find out if their training and experience are in line with your needs.
3. Rapport – Communicate openly with the therapist on what you expect from treatment. Are their values similar to yours? Trust your instincts here—if it doesn’t feel right, move on.
4. Flexibility – Do you and the therapist share your goals in therapy? You want a therapist that will agree to what you both feel is important.
5. Compatibility – Do you get along with the therapist? Make sure you’re comfortable talking with them about what’s going on in your life and how they can help. Trust your judgment about whether or not you and your therapist will work well together.
Where to Find a Therapist
There are several ways you can find therapists in your area, but if you want to be sure that they specialize in depression treatment, you should contact local mental health agencies or community centers—they often keep lists of therapists who treat specific conditions such as depression. You can also find therapists through your doctor, family members or friends.
For more information about depression, check out our other blog posts.
Choosing the right therapist for your depression can help you get the best treatment. Therapists are trained to work with people who have mental illnesses such as depression. There is no one-size-fits all therapy that works for everyone, so it’s important to find someone who fits what you need and has experience treating this type of condition. If you have a therapist that specializes in depression therapy, make sure they communicate openly with you about what the therapy entails and see if they share similar goals.