Medication and therapy are often used in conjunction to treat depression. Just as there are numerous types of medications, therapy also comes in different forms. The book, “The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook” describes how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be a useful tool in the fight against depression.
I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the co-authors, Sarah Fader, and asked how she became involved with this project.
How did you and Dr. Simon Rego decide to collaborate on “The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook”?
I was approached by Callisto Media asking if I would like to co-author a book on depression with Dr. Rego. I was excited to help people learn about how to recover from depression, a chronic mental health issue that many people deal with, but only a few talk about.
The book focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Could you explain what that is and how it relates to depression?
CBT is a therapeutic modality that effectively helps people manage depression and anxiety by targeting negative thought patterns and helps people to identify cognitive distortions. CBT helps people learn to better cope with their thoughts and feelings.
When people hear the word, “depression”, the first word that usually comes to mind is antidepressant. How does medication fit in with CBT?
The best treatment method for depression is a combination of CBT and medication. Medication can help manage the chemical levels in your brain such as serotonin and/or norepinephrine. CBT can help with behavioral strategies.
One chapter discusses healthy eating, vitamins and supplements. How important are these three when it comes to depression?
Lifestyle choices are an integral part of treating depression effectively. It isn’t only about medication and therapy, it’s about eating healthy to manage your energy levels and moods effectively.
At the end of each chapter is a homework section. Why do you feel that’s important?
The reader can practice the techniques in the workbook and learn to use them in their every day life.
The book mentions an “inner critic”. What does yours say to you?
My inner critic tells me that I am not good enough, that I am a failure and that I am “doing something wrong.”
In addition to reading this book, what other advice do you have for someone wanting to try CBT?
Find a therapist who is trained to practice CBT and work with that person to learn techniques to combat negative thought patterns.
Where can people learn more about your mental health advocacy work and where can they purchase this book?
Find the 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook here: http://bit.ly/10-StepDepressionReliefWorkbook