Psychological therapies for depression

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Psychodynamic therapy;

Explores the patient's childhood, linking this to the current situation, wuth childhood experiences of loss and rejection crucial to depression. Patients are encouraged to relive experiences and gain insight into their inability to form healthy relationships, especially the transference of anger incurred from early rejection and loss onto others.

  • Leichsenring et al (2004) found a brief synamic therapy, a simpler form of psychodynamic treatment, as effective as cognitive-behavioural therapy in addressing depression.
  • De Clerq et al (1999) found psychodynamic psychotherapy to be desirable and feasible when delivered by closely supervised, skilled, well-trained nurses, suggesting that the effectiveness of treatment depends on the quality of


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