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Depression is the most common mental health difficulty. Around half the population will experience symptoms of depression severe enough to affect their quality of life at some point in their life.
There is no single cause of depression. Depression does appear to run in some families. Others are vulnerable because of the environment they live in, or because they had bad experiences in the past.
Depression can also occur as a reaction to a major negative event in life, such as a relationship breakup, redundancy or the loss of a loved one.
Here are some of the common symptoms which are associated with depression:
You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.
Some examples of how CBT is used to treat depression are:
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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for recognition and management of depression in adults.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for identification and management of depression in children and young people.