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Unipolar depression in adults: Supportive psychotherapy

Authors
Julie Lord, MD
Kimberly D McLaren, MD
Mitchell Levy, MD
Section Editor
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD

INTRODUCTION

Supportive psychotherapy is used to treat depression by improving self-esteem, psychological functioning, and adaptive skills [1]. Therapy focuses upon current, problematic relationships and maladaptive patterns of behavior and emotional responses [2].

Supportive psychotherapy is used to treat a variety of psychiatric illnesses other than depression, including anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and personality disorders [3]. A survey of psychiatrists in 1998 found that 36 percent of them used supportive psychotherapy, often in conjunction with pharmacotherapy [4].

This topic reviews supportive psychotherapy for treating depression in adults. The initial treatment of depression; treatment of resistant depression; treatment of late-life depression; and diagnosis, prognosis, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and neurobiology of depression are discussed separately.

(See "Unipolar major depression in adults: Choosing initial treatment".)

(See "Unipolar depression in adults: Treatment of resistant depression".)

                     

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