Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, or a loss of interest in daily activities. Additional symptoms may include weight loss or weight gain, a change in sleeping patterns, fatigue or low energy, poor concentration, or feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
How CBT Can Help
CBT therapists educate clients about their diagnosis and about CBT, help clients set goals, and teach clients essential thinking and behavioral skills. CBT interventions for depression generally focus on helping clients become more engaged in activities that they value and have given up since becoming depressed. Treatment also involves helping clients evaluate negative beliefs about themselves, the world, and the future that lead to them feel depressed.
To learn more about depression and how CBT can help, download our Coping with Depression pamphlet.
Finding a Therapist
Our clinician directory can help you find a competent and compassionate certified CBT therapist near you.
If you are in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, please make use of the below resources or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: 741742