Q. I thought depression was caused by a chemical problem (neurotransmitters) in the brain.  Don’t you need medication to fix this?
A. Depression can be related to a deficiency of certain neurotransmitters.  However, we know that one can improve brain chemistry by changing how one thinks and acts.  That’s why about 70% of clients do not need medication to overcome depression.  Their brain chemistry rights itself as they think and act in new ways.  For 30% of clients a combination of therapy and medication is the best solution.
Q. What is expected of me as a client?
A. CBT requires your active participation.  You will be asked to fill out forms to evaluate and monitor your depression, anxiety or other problems.  Also, you and Dr. Edwards will develop exercises that you can do between sessions.  These exercises are vital for your improvement and for developing the skills that will prevent future relapse.
Q. I’ve heard that CBT does not address deeper issues that might cause depression or other problems.  Is that right?
A. No.  While CBT does focus on present-day problems, it also addresses the long-standing patterns of thinking and acting that are the root of the problem.  CBT does acknowledge that early life experiences influence how we think and act as adults.  Good CBT explores and challenges the faulty beliefs and self-defeating behaviors that arise from early life experiences.  Change occurs in the here-and-now as you begin to think and act in more constructive and helpful ways.
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