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Depression Treatment: Mind

Overview

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Although psychotherapy is arguably the most well-known depression treatment centered around the mind, other mind-based treatments for depression treatments do exist. This section outlines many of these treatments.

Treatments

Effect of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on Depression

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works to treat depression by changing an individual’s faulty information processing and negative belief systems1. CBT views depression as rooted in unhealthy...

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Effect of Electroconvulsive Therapy on Depression

In electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), electrodes are placed on either both sides of the head or at the front or back on one side of the head. Small electric currents are applied to the scalp to induce...

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Effect of Guided Imagery on Depression

Guided by an instructor, recorded tapes, or even written literature, patients can mentally walk themselves into a calm, relaxed and focused states. Imagery practices can directly affect the autonomic...

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Effect of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction on Depression

MBSR is an 8 week program that urges individuals to center their attention moment to moment in a non-judgmental way helping them to cope with stress that often accompanies depression and other...

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Effect of Psychodynamic Therapy on Depression

Clients generally meet with a psychotherapist one time per week, and discuss whatever comes to mind while in the therapy session.1 It is the role of the therapist to hone in on central concepts that...

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Effect of Hypnotherapy on Depression

Hypnotherapy is therapy done while the patient has undergone hypnosis or a sleep-like state ("hypnosis" is derived from the Greek term "hypno" meaning sleep). Also sometimes referred to as a trance...

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Effect of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Depression

ACT does not seek to reduce the symptoms (i.e. symptoms of depression) associated with any chronic mental illnes, believing resistance of symptoms to be futile, though symptom reduction is often...

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Effect of Music Therapy on Depression

Music acts as a non-invasive tool to stimulate and regulate brain systems to help with depression. Music therapy is a psychotherapeutic method where musical interaction and discussion are combined to...

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Effect of Psychotherapy on Depression

Psychotherapy is a common method for coping with depression, particularly for mild and moderate cases. This method is often referred to as "talk therapy" because it involves a patient to be in...

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Effect of Meditation on Depression

Some ancient cultures have a way of slowing the mind to help curb the circular and obsessive thinking patterns that often accompany depression. Meditation can be used to focus your mind, quiet the...

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References

  1. Alladin, A., Alibhai, A. (2007). Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression: an empirical investigation.t J Clin Exp Hypnosis (55) 147-166.
  2. Types of Psychological Treatment. A Guide to Psychology and its Practice. Retrieved from http://www.guidetopsychology.com/txtypes.htm#Psychodynamic

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