How can a psychologist help a person with depression?
A psychologist can help a person with depression explore where their depression is stemming from as well as help them challenge, manage, and replace the negative thought patterns and behaviours that fuel their cycle of depression with constructive ones.
Who is a clinical psychologist?
A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained specifically in the diagnosing and treatment of mental health disorders. A clinical psychologist has a Bachelor’s degree with at least one subject as Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an additional M.Phil, Ph.D, or Psy.D.
How does a psychologist treat mental health disorders?
Psychologists conduct psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, to treat mental health disorders including depression and anxiety. They help a person with a mental health disorder identify their dysfunctional thoughts that lead to negative emotions and maladaptive behaviours – that perpetuate their mental health disorder. Using evidence-based treatment strategies, they help the person replace these with constructive ways of thinking and behaving.
Who works with a psychologist for depression treatment?
For mild to moderate severity of depression, often working with only the psychologist and taking regular therapy sessions is sufficient. However, for more severe cases including cases where the individual is at risk of self-harm or suicide, a psychiatrist works in conjunction to a psychologist and prescribes medications that relieve their symptoms and helps manage them temporarily.