Depression is a serious illness that can be successfully treated. Depression is a medical disorder like diabetes and heart disease that affects day-to-day thought, feelings, physical health and behaviors. Its causes are many and varied including family history and genetics, other medical illnesses, drugs or alcohol, certain medicines or other psychiatric conditions. Other conditions such as extreme stress or grief may also bring on depression, but can even occur for some even when life is going well.
Cognitive therapy is one of the most effective ways of treating depression. When applied, cognitive therapy can change the pessimistic ideas, unrealistic expectations and overly critical self-evaluations that create depression and sustain it, helping the client develop positive life goals and a more positive self-assessment. You can learn to recognize which life problems are critical and which are minor, maintaining an effective and ongoing defense against factors that can trigger depression.