The Benefit of Cognitive Therapy

for Anxious and Depressed Adults

The Common Cold of Emotional Health

Depression used to be the common cold of emotional health. However, anxiety has usurped depression as the most common mental health problem in the U.S. today, affecting over 40 million adults over the age of 18 and that is just what is reported by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. They also report that anxiety alone costs more than 42 billion dollars per year in the U.S. Children and adolescents are also horribly affected by these illnesses when the brain is still forming and maturing.

The scary part is these common illnesses can become chronic if help is not sought quickly. Most people wait for the depression or anxiety to clear on its own before seeking qualified help.

Anxiety saps energy and can keep the a person from working, socializing or going to school. It can prevent one from participating in relationships and and can sometimes lead to helplessness, hopelessness and fear.  Vice versa when people do not know how to control or manage anxiety, they can often end up feeling depressed. It is a double-edged sword and both are very serious illnesses.

In an article published in The Archive of General Psychiatry in 2005, Robert J. Derbies, Ph.D et. al., state that cognitive therapy can be as effective as medication for the initial treatment of moderate to severe major depression, but this degree of effectiveness may depend on a high level of therapist experience and skill. I would like to add that the readiness of the patient is paramount for a successful outcome.

Cognitive therapy is a type of therapy that is used to treat depression, anxiety and many other behavioral health problems successfully. It helps the patient deal with negative perceptions and ways of thinking that are contributing to their depression and/or anxiety.

Does your physician include a mental health assessment on each visit?

Make a call to a qualified cognitive therapist to help you with anxiety. Teens and adults in Clearwater and around Pinellas County can benefit from my years of experience in treating anxiety and depression with cognitive therapy. I am glad to answer your questions.

Teens and DBT

Depression and Anxiety, sad woman with downturned face.

Teens that self-harm and talk about suicide or attempt it are in real trouble. There could be a lot of underlying issues or feelings in your teen that they cannot talk about and they continue to act out these difficulties by having scary behaviors that could get them in trouble with the law or worse. One remarkable modality of treatment is called DBT or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Skills Training. This therapy takes place in an individual therapy session and the skills training,  which are essential, take place in a group setting.

The description of DBT is brilliantly described below in a video made my a psychologist in California. Watch to see if this might be the right treatment for your son or daughter.