Frequently Asked Questions
15. Will psychotherapy effectively treat my depression?
Psychotherapy can help older adults with depression who are unable or unwilling to take medication. Two main types of psychotherapies -- cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) -- are effective in treating depression. These therapies are sometimes called "talk therapies."
During CBT, a mental health professional will help you change negative ways of thinking and behaving that may contribute to your depression. During IPT, a mental health professional helps you understand and work through troubled personal relationships or events that may cause your depression or make it worse.
Sometimes treatment will include both medication and psychotherapy. Studies have shown that this combination treatment is highly effective in treating depression among older adults.