Effective Treatment for Depression at The Cabin Dubai
Depression is a commonly used word, but it can describe many types of conditions. It’s important to be able to discriminate between true clinical depression and depressive symptoms. This is because most people feel symptoms of depression – lack of motivation, sleep disorders, pessimistic outlook, focus on negativity, and decreased energy levels – at some time in their lives. Under normal circumstances, depressive symptoms will improve and go away given enough time. However, for some people, these symptoms remain – and treatment becomes necessary to relieve them.
For those who experience depressive symptoms over a long period of time, counselling can be an effective and simple way to make thinking and attitude ‘modifications’ that help one to push through the depressive phase and gain tools to help prevent the return of the symptoms.
Clinical depression, often called ‘major depressive disorder’, involves neurological and cognitive impairments that affect the person across many areas of feeling, thinking and action. The most common treatment for major depression is medication, and there are many choices of drug interventions on the market today. The downside of only treating depression with medication is that while the symptoms are masked, the underlying problem remains. As tolerance to medications increases, the symptoms can often return.
At The Cabin Dubai, we treat clinical depression with customised and targeted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Because treatment is one-on-one, the treatment plan is specific to the needs, challenges and abilities of each client. CBT has been shown to be more than twice as effective for treating depression than medication alone. CBT combines identifying and altering dysfunctional thinking patterns with training and utilising new behaviours, which reinforce the new, functional thought patterns – resulting in an increase in realistic, empowering emotional stability.
Additional benefits of CBT include the lack of side effects and mental interference that medications can cause. All of the techniques learned in CBT ‘belong’ to the client, allowing them to avoid future episodes and master the skills that reduce the need for future therapy. The client learns from the therapist, but does not develop a dependency on the counsellor in order to remain happy.
There is no set duration for CBT. However, it is considered to be a relatively brief therapy option. The more frequent the sessions, the sooner the client can reduce symptoms and return to their normal state of function. Generally, two to three sessions per week for two to three months are all a client needs to completely address a major depressive episode.
Please note: if you prefer, we offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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