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PALLIATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF GERIATRIC DEPRESSION: A REVIEW OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOGENIC OPTIONS Print E-mail

John Morgan

Abstract

There are a large number of counselors and psychotherapists as well as psychiatrists, however, who find themselves with an increase in post-retirement clients and patients but without the benefit of specific training in treating this particular constituency. There is a large population of older individuals in need of assistance in dealing with depression and its cognates of anxiety and self-esteem issues which are of particular concern to the health care profession working in palliative care medicine. That there is a relative void in the training of palliative care health professionals in geriatric psychotherapy, particularly as relates to the treatment of depression, is very evident according to recent AMA-sponsored studies. In the following essay, we will delineate and discuss briefly evidence-based treatment options available to the counseling and psychotherapeutic community dealing particularly with palliative psychotherapeutic depression

Key words: Palliative psychotherapy, geriatric depression, non-pharmacological treatments, cognitive behavioral therapy, reminiscence therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy

Professor John Morgan, Ph.D.(Hartford),D.Sc.(London), Psy.D.(Oxford) is the Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the GTF in the U.S. and the Senior Research Consultant in Geriatric Psychotherapy and Senior Fellow of Foundation House/Oxford in the U.K.

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Morgan John. PALLIATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF GERIATRIC DEPRESSION: A REVIEW OF EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOGENIC OPTIONS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.8, no.1:46-59, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art03

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2015-no1-art03


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