Depression: Treatment with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes

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​Find out how different types of psychotherapy and lifestyle changes can help ease depression.

Key points

  • Psychotherapy can help a child with depression by offering support, teaching coping skills or exploring relationships.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective psychotherapy. By focusing on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, it can help patients recognize signs of depression and change their thinking and behaviour.
  • Other forms of psychotherapy include interpersonal psychotherapy, family therapy, behavioural therapy and mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies.
  • Children and teens may also benefit from at least eight to 10 hours sleep a night, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. A family doctor or pediatrician can offer advice if a child has difficulty making lifestyle changes.
Last updated: July 15th 2016