The treatments that are used in the Depression Clinic have been shown to be beneficial in scientific studies. The most effective types of psychological treatment for Depressive disorders include both Cognitive and Interpersonal Process therapies. In either approach, treatment sessions are typically once each week and last for one hour, although a different schedule can be negotiated with your specific therapist. Late in the Spring semester, the graduate student therapists who staff the clinic will also be able to offer Brief Therapy services which have also been shown to be effective, but within a more limited scope.
Research suggests that some people who are depressed report improvement over time without formal treatment. However, it has been demonstrated that an even larger proportion of depressed individuals will report significant reductions in symptoms and improvements in their ability to successfully cope with the challenges of everyday life following a course of either Cognitive or Interpersonal therapy. Research also suggests that combining psychotherapy with medications and/or a regular program of exercise is likely the most effective way of maintaining long-term positive changes.
Through Cognitive therapy, you learn about the various factors (situational, cognitive, emotional and behavioral) that maintain and exacerbate depressive symptoms, as well as develop active strategies for combating depression. In Interpersonal Process therapy, the focus is on social interaction, and the level of satisfaction you experience in relationships. You and your therapist will seeks to first identify, and then specifically address and alter, patterns that may be maladaptive and therefore decrease your ability to develop and maintain a healthy and supportive social network.
The Depression Clinic offers information on disorders commonly treated within the Clinic: