Treating Senior Depression with Therapy

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Can therapy help senior depression?

Treating Senior Depression with Therapy

Most seniors suffering from depression have found that treating their symptoms with different therapies is more helpful than prescription medication. Speaking to a trusting therapist allows the senior to feel more justified in their feelings.

A few ways of approaching therapy for a depressed senior are:

• Supportive counseling: This usually is a group formed from a religious group or peers. Similar to group therapy, the cost is a minimal payment and allows the senior to not feel like they are the only one who is suffering from depression.
• Cognitive Behavioral therapy: CBT is a way for seniors to decide between problems which they can solve or not. It also helps to decide which problems are out of their control and teaches coping skills.
• Interpersonal Psychotherapy: This form of therapy helps in resolving personal and relationship conflicts.

   

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