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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.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|