Depression and PTSD
Depressive disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder, commonly occur in response to traumatic events. It is not uncommon for someone to suffer from both PTSD and a depressive disorder following a traumatic event.
The depression may occur in response to the trauma itself, as a reaction to the negative life circumstances created by the traumatic event, or as a result of difficulties prompted
The presence of depression as well as PTSD can sometimes complicate and slow down recovery. While treating PTSD itself often results in improvement in depression sometimes the depression requires treatment separately. Also, if the depression is severe, a therapist may tackle depression before commencing trauma-focussed therapy.
Major Depression is often treated using Cognitive Therapy, a form of CBT focusing on cognitive restructuring techniques, antidepressants, or both.
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For 24 hour telephone counselling in Australia call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For urgent assistance call your local mental health service, or attend your GP or your nearest hospital.