Depression is a common mood disorder that affects a significant number of people in the United States. In 2017 alone, an estimated 17.3 million adults in the country experienced at least one major depressive episode. Over the last decade, studies have shown that about 8% of people 12 years or older in the U.S. have experienced depressive symptoms. Depression can range from mild to severe, and its impact on daily functioning can be significant. For some individuals, it can cause persistent low mood and severe, disruptive symptoms.
There are different types of depression, including major depression, disruptive mood dysregulation, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, depression caused by substances or medication, depression due to a medical condition, and unspecified depression.
Fortunately, depression can be treated effectively with psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a specific form of psychotherapy that is considered the gold standard in psychological treatment for depression and other mental health issues. CBT has been extensively tested and has received clear research support as the primary evidence-based treatment for depression. Furthermore, CBT can serve as a basis for and can be combined with other forms of psychotherapy to enhance its effectiveness.
At The Main Foundation, our licensed psychologists have expertise in integrating CBT with other effective psychotherapies to assess and treat depression accurately.