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Treating Depression: Podcast 095

This podcast is the narrated version of my article Treating Depression: 3 Vital Steps.

Many therapists and counsellors don’t feel confident treating depression. But we can make all the difference in the world and here are three ways to start.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Depressing but hopeful facts about depression treatment
  • Seeing clearly
  • Step 1. Describe what is happening to them
  • Step 2. Help your depressed client to relax
  • Step 3. Set ‘tasks’ that are intrinsically satisfying

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


  4. See The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth (2009) by Irving Kirsh
  5. See and
  6. See Hand-Me-Down Blues: How To Stop Depression From Spreading In Families (2000) by Dr Michael Yapko
  12. James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D. and his colleagues surprised many people in 1999 when they demonstrated that regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medications for patients with major depression. The researchers studied 156 older adults diagnosed with major depression, assigning them to receive the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline), 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, or both. According to Blumenthal, “Our findings suggest that a modest exercise program is an effective, robust treatment for patients with major depression who are positively inclined to participate in it. The benefits of exercise are likely to endure, particularly among those who adopt it as a regular, ongoing life activity.”
  14. Seeing future success: Does imagery perspective influence achievement motivation? Vasquez N.A. and Buehler, R. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, October 2007 vol. 33 no. 10 1392-1405

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Mark Tyrrell

About Mark Tyrrell

Psychology is my passion. I've been a psychotherapist trainer since 1998, specializing in brief, solution focused approaches. I now teach practitioners all over the world via our online courses.

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