Depression and Mood Disorders
Mood disorders, including major depressive disorder, are among the most common mental health disorders. They are also one of the most costly, in terms of healthcare, productivity, and enjoyment of life. CBT is one of the most effective treatments available for depression.
Life can be difficult and we all get down sometimes. When we lose something or someone that was important to us, such as a loved one, a job, or a relationship, it can take time to adjust. However, sometimes we need support when our ability to cope with these changes is overwhelmed, or when things don’t seem to be improving.
Depression is different. Depression is profound and persistent low mood and an inability to experience interest or pleasure in everyday activities. When depressed, people may have changes in appetite, sleep, energy, and thinking that make it difficult to participate in our lives. In some cases, people may consider suicide. CBT can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and make small but significant changes in your activities and thinking that can break the cycle of depression. If your mood has been low for a few weeks (as in Major Depressive Disorder) or a few years (as in Persistent Depressive Disorder), or if you are struggling to find joy or meaning in your life, reach out to see if we can help.
Alternatively, some people experience problems with elevated or irritable mood. Bipolar Disorders refer to a group of disorders in which people experience uncontrolled elevated, expansive, or irritable mood and increased energy. These disorders range in terms of the duration of the elevated mood, the severity of the symptoms, and the consequences of one’s behaviour while manic or hypomanic. In most cases, medication is required to stabilize symptoms and to maintain this stability. CBT can also help prevent relapse by learning the signs and symptoms of these mood changes, and to intervene early to prevent relapse.