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Psychotherapy is often the first form of treatment recommended for depression. The role of psychotherapy in treating clinical depression is to help the person develop good coping strategies for dealing with everyday stressors.

Benefits of Psychotherapy for depression

  • It can help reduce stress in your life.
  • It can give you a new perspective on problems with family, friends, or co-workers.
  • It can make it easier to stick to your treatment.
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • Helps to learn how to cope with side effects from depression medication.
  • You learn ways to talk to other people about your condition.
  • It helps catch early signs that your depression is getting worse.

Types of Therapy for Depression

  • Individual therapy– This therapy involves only the patient and the therapist. You can discuss new strategies to manage stress and to prevent your depression from worsening or coming back.
  • Group therapy– 2 or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way, and have had the same experiences.
  • Marital/couples – This type of therapy helps spouses and partners understand why their loved one has depression, what changes in communication and behaviors can help, and what they can do to cope.
  • Family therapy – Because family is a key part of the team that helps people with depression get better, it is sometimes helpful for family members to understand what their loved one is going through, how they themselves can cope, and what they can do to help.
  • Interpersonal therapy– It focuses on how your relationships with other people play a role in your depression. It focuses on practical issues.