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Psychotherapy of depression in old age.
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PMID:  23344220     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Depression in old age is common and also dangerous due to somatic comorbidity and suicide; however, it is often not recognized and not adequately treated. Psychotherapy is almost never offered to the elderly. However, clinical experience, single-case studies and some controlled trials show effectiveness-at least to the age of 75. The psychotherapist must be aware of unusual transference and countertransference between a younger therapist and elderly patient. Psychotherapy in old age requires some modifications, especially concerning special interest in biography and history, strong empathy, "container function", and focusing. In the future, psychotherapy for the elderly should be both investigated and educated more. In addition, it is hoped that psychotherapists offer to treat elderly people with depression and that more older patients accept this professional help.
Authors:
C Wächtler
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-1269     ISO Abbreviation:  Z Gerontol Geriatr     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506215     Medline TA:  Z Gerontol Geriatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  GER     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Schwerpunktpraxis seelische Störungen im Alter, Droste-Hülshoff-Str. 11, 22609, Hamburg, Deutschland, c.waechtler@gmx.de.
Vernacular Title:
Psychotherapie der Altersdepression.
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