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Depression and Psychotherapy

There are a number of methods used for treating depression. Methods used for treating depression include herbal remedies, behavioral modifications, and medications, relaxing techniques, medications and finally, psychotherapy. Many people hear the word psychotherapy and cringe-thinking that there are some negative connotations associated with the term. This simply isn't the case and psychotherapy can be helpful and can serve as a positive resolution for those dealing with depression.

What is psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is the process when a patient that is experiencing depression speaks with a qualified counselor, psychologist or a psychiatrist in order to receive the help they need for their depression. Now, how the doctor treats the depression one experience not only depends on the extent of the depression being experienced, but it also depends on what the doctor can legally do. For instance, counselors and psychologists can certainly counsel a patient and discuss his or her depression with them, but they cannot prescribe medication and will have to refer them to a physician for any medications that a patient may require. Conversely, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can counsel a patient and prescribe medications; therefore, there is no need to send the patient to their general physician.

The sessions a patient has with any doctor typically prove to be beneficial. The patient is allowed to discuss their issues in a private and relaxing setting and they can then work through their difficulties with the doctor. Moreover, psychotherapy sessions can give a person that is experiencing depression the sense that they are not alone and that people really do care. Clearly, one should not cringe from the idea of attending psychotherapy sessions, but should make every effort to use them to their best advantage when it becomes necessary to do so.