Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Depression and older people - does psychotherapy work?

Depression is common in older people and is recognised as a significant public-health problem yet there is evidence that older people do not always receive the best care. Researchers from Sichuan University in China reviewed 14 studies into the effectiveness of psychotherapy in treating depression in people over 55. They found that CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), reminiscence and general psychotherapy were all effective although psychotherapy did not increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medication. There was no significant difference between CBT and reminiscence in terms of improving depression.

Peng, X-D. ... [et al] - Cognitive behavioural therapy and reminiscence techniques for the treatment of depression in the elderly: a systematic review The Journal of International Medical Research July/August 2009, 37(4), 975-982

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