What Is Expected of You as a Patient?

Cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression requires your active participation. During the initial phase of therapy, your therapist may request that you come to therapy twice per week until your depression has decreased. You will be asked to fill out forms evaluating your depression, anxiety, and other problems, and to read materials specifically addressing the treatment of depression. In addition, your therapist may ask you at later points, or on a weekly basis, to fill out forms evaluating your depression and other problems that are the focus of therapy. Your therapist may also give you homework exercises to assist you in modifying your behavior, your thoughts, and your relationships. Although many patients suffering from depression feel hopeless about improvement, there is an excellent chance that your depression may be substantially reduced with this treatment.