Letʼs look at two proven treatments for depression. Then weʼll learn more about one or both of these treatments in the next step!

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Letʼs learn about Proven Treatments for Depression

Letʼs explore two effective treatments for depression

CBT ACT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are two “talk therapies” that have been proven effective in treating depression. These treatments are based on the idea that how we feel is related to: (1) the thoughts that run through our mind and (2) our behaviors, or how we spend our time. People who are depressed are more likely to have thoughts that are extreme or unhelpful. They also stop doing things they care about or that make them feel good about their lives.

Both CBT and ACT teach proven skills for thinking and acting that are key to beating depression, though each treatment is somewhat different in its focus. For example, in CBT, clients learn how to change extreme or unhelpful thoughts that contribute to depression. In ACT, clients learn to change how they relate to their thoughts so that the thoughts donʼt have the power they once did.

Check out the table below for a brief summary of the two treatments. Then select the treatment you wish to learn more about!

Treatment FocusCognitive Behavioral Therapy
(CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
(ACT)
Thoughts

Learn how to change negative thoughts so that thinking is more balanced and realistic

Learn skills for solving problems and making choices

Learn how to accept and get untangled from painful thoughts so that they no longer have the control they once did

Learn skills for living more flexibly and adapting to life situations

Behaviors

Identify and increase activities that provide joy and satisfaction

Learn skills for reducing stress and increasing relaxation

Clarify what matters most in life and take steps to put these things into action

Learn skills for staying focused on the present moment

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