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What can therapy for depression help with?

Therapy for depression can target unrelenting sadness, negativity, and lack of motivation, as well as sleep disruption and overexcitability of the stress-response system, among many other symptoms and properties of the disorder. Therapy addresses the relentlessly negative and repetitive thought processes that are characteristic of the disorder, it diminishes reactivity to stress, and it helps people function, solve problems, and regain a sense of hope. What’s more, it takes place in the context of a relationship that by itself has therapeutic effects.