Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cognitive therapy is just as good if not better than medicine if you are depressed. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this type of therapy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cognitive therapy is when a doctor talks to you about your bad thoughts and helps you to replace them with good thoughts. This can put you in a better mood and stop you from being depressed.

You may be depressed if you do not like to do the things that usually make you happy, or if you have been feeling sad for an extended period. You also may be depressed if you:

Cant sleep.

Cant concentrate.

Eat less or more than usual, or

Feel tired.

If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor. If you have thoughts about killing yourself, see your doctor right away.

Cognitive therapy also may help keep you from getting depressed again. If you are already taking medicine for depression, cognitive therapy still can help if you have bad depression or if your depression wont go away. If you think you may be depressed, your doctor can tell you if cognitive therapy is a good choice for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.