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Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

As highlighted in an important article by Psychology Today, we are all susceptible to developing depression. It could be due to our genetics, the nature of the environment we grew up in, chronic poverty, adverse early childhood experiences, disease, deprivation, loss, or a traumatic event. It is something that develops gradually as well as something sudden and unexpected.

Depression is one of the major and most common disorders, experienced by 5% of the adult population according to the WHO.  Depression and anxiety are two sides of the same coin. Both conditions often coexist and make it challenging for the person experiencing mental, emotional, and physical suffering according to Psychology Today.

Studies have consistently found that there is evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy is one such treatment that supports people struggling with these mental health conditions. Depression and anxiety disrupt everyday functioning, work, relationships, and social life in most cases. These conditions often lead one to isolate, feel lonely, and be unable to connect. Therapy provides a safe space to regain a sense of understanding, and connection with oneself and another.

Therapy also helps one become aware of the underlying thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are contributing to these conditions. In addition, therapy allows the understanding of the maintaining factors that may be worsening the anxiety or feelings of sadness and/or meaninglessness, and helps develop an effective and supportive treatment plan to help overcome these challenges.

Even though depression and anxiety are common conditions, they can be very burdensome and often bring with them the potential to impact all areas of one’s life negatively. It is important to know when it’s time to reach out for help. And remember that no one is immune to these conditions, and experiencing them or seeking support does not make one week. It only highlights and adds to our resilience and self-love.

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