Mind-Body Therapies for Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy typically offered by psychologists which specifically targets thought and behavior patterns. Therapists use a combination of skills training and examining your thoughts around sadness and depression while teaching you more supportive thought patterns. There is a strong focus on homework and promoting more positive thought habits that promote healthy and desirable behaviors. Results are usually monitored over time in an easily measured way. To find a CBT therapist, ask your medical provider for a recommendation. Friends and family may also know a therapist.

Support Groups

One of the most common symptoms of depression is social isolation.  Support groups can be very helpful in reducing that isolation and offering a lower-cost option for treatment.  The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has links to free and low-cost support groups in your area.  You can also ask your doctor for a recommendation.

Spiritual Counseling

If you are a religious person, you may find support in your religious community. Pastors, priests, rabbis and other spiritual guides often offer low-cost or no-cost counseling and support to help with depression and life stressors.

Yoga for Depression

Many yoga practitioners notice that their mood improves after dedicating regular time to yoga practice. Amy Weintraub with Life Force Yoga has dedicated her materials to addressing depression and anxiety. Her website has ample resources and is strongly recommended.

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