Coping with Depression

Sometimes depression can become too much to handle.  Sometimes you can’t keep fighting against all the thoughts and emotions by yourself.  At this point, you may want to start looking for another route that will help you cope with everything running through your mind.  Medication and therapy become a necessary course of action in some cases.  I know that those become scary to think about, especially because many people don’t like taking medications.

I remember when my depression got bad and I could no longer control my feelings or emotions.  It scared me; but the thought of taking some sort of antidepressant scared me even more.  I didn’t know what it would do or how it would make me feel.  I thought at one point that it might change me completely.  The medical field scares a lot of people.  Your past, present and future history is confidential, but at the same time it isn’t.  At one point, I worried that future careers wouldn’t hire me because I am on a medication that relieves depressive symptoms.

So, in this post, I would like to tell you more about medications and different forms of therapy.  I learned through experience (and in my psychology classes) that no one should fear medication or therapy, because both can be beneficial to treating depression.


Make sure if you want to try medications that you seek out a psychiatrist, not a psychologist.  Psychiatrists take on both aspects of treatment.  They can provide therapeutic services and also provide medications.

Fear of side effects causes people to avoid taking medications.  Yes, side effects come along with most drugs.  But, not everyone experiences the side effects.  You won’t know until you try taking the medication.  If you do experience side effects, call your psychiatrist for further instructions.  They will discontinue that medication and switch you to something else.

Psychiatrists don’t just toss a random medication at you and tell you to take it.  They examine you just like other medical doctors.  They ask you about prior medical history, family history, what you’re feeling, etc.  This extensive checkup is required in order to give you a medication that works best for you.



 Counseling is a short-term sort of treatment option that usually lasts from about 6-12 sessions.  It revolves around identifying the situation and addressing it directly.  Counselling requires confidentiality between a person and the therapist.  The therapist then helps to make a plan and help to enact that plan into your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is often used to help individuals think in a more positive way.  This gives you a way of shaping your thoughts to thinking differently about situations.  This treatment also targets goal setting and problem-solving skills.  CBT is also a short term treatment option and usually only requires from 6-15 sessions.  Each one is only about an hour long.


 Psychotherapy is quite the opposite.  This form of treatment targets the past specifically.  It goes through a rundown of how your past plays a role in present and future decisions.  This works to help build healthy relationships and understand more about who you are and who you want to be.

 Behavioral Therapy

 Behavioral therapy is close to CBT but this form of therapy helps to provide positive energy.  This kind of therapy encourages involvement in the community or other hobbies that you may like to do.  This form of therapy is all about changing your everyday activities and doing more positive and beneficial things.

 Interpersonal Therapy

 This form of therapy specifically targets your relationships with other people.  This is meant to strengthen exchanges between people who are close to you.  Depression can cause tension, especially between family and friends.  Interpersonal therapy is a way to try to eliminate that tension and to repair any damage that may have been caused on those relationships.

 Mindfulness-Based Therapy

 This form of therapy is very important for those who have depression.  Mindfulness therapy is exactly what it sounds like.  It means reflecting on your thoughts and learning how to cope with overwhelming feelings.  It uses techniques such as meditation, yoga, and other exercises to become more aware of your body-mind contact.



Are there any forms of therapy that work for you?  Or have you tried one of the therapies above?  Share your stories and your comments below.  Everyone has a different path that works best for them!


Author: Brittany Knauss

I have been living my life alongside depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. My goal for this blog is to reach out to others that have similar mental illness and help to offer them some positivity. I have been learning more and more about how to bring more positive energy into my life and I would like to offer some of that to other people. This is also to help educate friends or family who know someone struggling with mental illness so they can help their loved ones and offer them some strengthening support. Social support is a huge factor in positive psychology!

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