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Posted - 02/09/2018 :  04:31:12  Show Profile Send Janet140 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My friend is suffering from depression. We are childhood friends. Nobody knows the exact reason for her depression. I have asked her several times, but she never told me anything. She is not just a friend. She is also a sister to me. We together went for parties, shoppings, trips etc. She never hides anything from me. It was a sudden change. Her family is also worried about her situation. She always seems to be irritable and frustrated. She is not at all interested in any kind of social events or functions. But during her studies, she herself initiated events and programs. Now she lost her confidence and courage. Something changed her completely. We need her as before. Then I have suggested a clinic in Toronto for undergoing a depression treatment. My uncle has consulted there and I asked him about the treatment and procedures. He has undergone cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorder. I would like to know whether this cognitive behavior therapy is effective for treating depression. My uncle is not sure whether this treatment is good for treating depression. If anyone knows about this, share your suggestions.

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Posted - 02/09/2018 :  11:55:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No personal knowledge, but the conclusion of a meta-analysis from 2013 of CBT for depression reads:
There is no doubt that CBT is an effective treatment for adult depression, although the effects may have been overestimated until now. CBT is also the most studied psychotherapy for depression, and thus has the greatest weight of evidence. However, other treatments approach its overall efficacy.
In other words, CBT doesn't appear to treat depression any better or worse than other depression therapies (on average). The authors also note that the combination of CBT and medication appears to be better (on average) than medication alone.

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Posted - 02/09/2018 :  12:23:38   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sent froydnslp over to look at this thread. She's an MFT psychotherapist or as she just told me, an emotional ninja. She likes Dave W.'s reply and adds this:
I would ask about age. This could be perimenopause. I would look at meds and talk therapy. But she needs to have a psychiatric evaluation for that.

Btw. I think the reason cbt works for anxiety is that anxiety is a terrible feeling and anything that lessons the symptoms of it feels like a success. Problem is, it usually comes back in another way and then the person has to go back for like tweaking. If you can get to the underlying issue that is creating the anxiety, you can stop it from reappearing.

I would suggest a serious evaluation. Medical first to rule out hormones and body changes.

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