Depression is a widely misunderstood condition. Most laypeople think of it as a matter of a "chemical imbalance," a notion put forth by pharmaceutical companies to market their products. While antidepressants can be of some help to some people, the research is clear: Effective, targeted talk therapy that helps people understand the dynamics of their depressive behavior and thinking is the most useful approach in helping to mitigate the impact of depression.
In like manner, many people has misconceptions about anxiety. An alarming numbers of Americans take anti-anxiety medication, even though it cures nothing. It is relatively easy to learn to manage and overcome the effects of anxiety through talk therapy designed to discover the factors that produce this form of fear.
Brief, solution-oriented therapy is ideally designed to assist people to overcome these conditions.