Behavioral Therapy Skills: Depression Time Management, Conversation

Question: What particular tactics are taught in behavioral therapy? What role do time management and conversation skills play in overcoming depression?

Behavioral Therapy Skills

There a number of overlapping behavioral and cognitive tactics in behavioral therapy. They can either be self management skills which help the affected person to deal with difficult aspects of life rather than be defeated completely by them. Social skills are also taught to help build or improve personal relationships. Training in communication, time management, decision making, relaxation, assertiveness and problem solving are included.

For example a person in behavior therapy skills taught are confidence, how to express affection and praise for others, how to begin a conversation, ask questions, make proper comments and end conversations on a graceful note and other assertive skills like communicating needs and standing up for ones rights.

Conversation and Time Management for Depression

Conversation skills and time management for depression treatment are very important because depressed people often have poor social skills and in social situations they are anxious and uncomfortable. When they interact with other people they do not get the positive reinforcement which can be critical for ones mood. If any depressed individual is able to converse fluently, he will be able to relate more easily to others, will become more organized at handling his daily life and will feel less passive.

Depressed people typically are unable to make use of their time.

They are poor planners and cannot plan ahead. For example – not arranging a baby sitter, so that they may be unable to do something they did enjoy. Behavior therapy aims at teaching the patient to plan and schedule.