Battling Late-Life Depression: Short Term Psychotheraphy for Depression in Older Adults--a Review of Evidence-Based Studies Since 2000.
Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association 2005, Winter, 8, 4
Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association
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Abstract Depression ranks among the leading causes of disability worldwide even though medications, psychotherapy, and other treatments reduce symptoms related to the illness. However, the side effects of drugs, especially in older adults, and the less-than-universal effectiveness of current therapies prompt the continued search for alternate safe treatment interventions. Numerous research studies report the use of psychotherapeutic approaches and compare them to medical therapies. This article reviews the randomized controlled trials, conducted during the last 5 years, involving psychotherapy with or without antidepressant medication in older adults. Metaanalysis, guidelines developed by expert panels, and systematic reviews of previous studies provide further data on the value of psychotherapy in the treatment of depression in the elderly.
- Category: Psychology
- Published: 22 December 2005
- Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association
- Print Length: 24 Pages
- Language: English