Interpersonal Causes of Depression
Depression is a chemical problem in the brain that causes insufficient quantities of chemicals that manage mood. Depression usually has a physiological root and may be inherited from parents, but it can also result from experiences, including abuse, neglect, trauma and even bullying. In general, mental health experts do not attribute depression to interpersonal issues, but they do recognize that depression causes a range of relationship problems that may contribute to the disorder. Because of this, seek help as soon as possible to address depression and whatever caused it.
Interpersonal Therapy for Depression
A unique counseling technique called interpersonal therapy (IPT) strategically treats depression. It upholds that, while interpersonal issues do not cause depression, they can aggravate but also correct the disorder. Practitioners of IPT focus on the following components of depression:
- The formation of symptoms
- Social (interpersonal) functioning
- Issues related to personality
During the 12-16 hour-long sessions each week, a trained counselor focuses on how the patient relates to others in each relationship. By identifying the problems therein and working to correct them, depressed individuals may experience reduced symptoms of depression. Therapy addresses the following problems:
- Conflict management or resolution issues with others
- Transition from one professional or relationship role to another
- Experiencing and managing grief due to the loss of a loved one
- Correcting perceived deficits in the quantity and quality of interpersonal relationships
Therapists use empathic listening and clarification techniques to help their clients express their challenges with relationships and then to correct them. Therapists then help patients identify faulty ways they respond to others, and then they teach patients new ways to interact through role playing, active and supportive listening, communication analysis and goal-based encouragement.
Risks of Leaving Depression Untreated
Untreated depression can strain relationships, lead patients to neglect important people and commitments and it can encourage substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and actions. As depression worsens, many people become increasingly isolated and establish a vicious cycle of loneliness, medicating loneliness, and etc. Some patients require medical treatment and intensive therapy to recover. Many people mistakenly think depression is extreme or persistent sadness, but it is a sort of emotional numbness that causes people to become detached, apathetic and self-destructive. Get help to address this devastating issue.
Help for Depression and its Interpersonal Causes
If you experience interpersonal conflict and, as a result, depression, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our admissions coordinators can answer your questions and help you find treatment that suits your needs. Call now for immediate, confidential help, because your depression can be treated.