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Depression in the Elderly

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Depression in old age

Depression is not just a normal part of old age, but something that can be addressed and treated. Clinical research shows that older patients can benefit from both drug and psychotherapeutic therapies, and that these can contribute to significant improvements in mood.

Typical signs of depression:

  • Often marked by non-specific physical complaints
  • Loss of interest in things
  • Memory problems or difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of shame, tendency to trivialize
  • Internal or external unrest
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Recurrent thoughts of death
  • Overlaid by physical illness

Cognitive-behavioral group therapy

Group psychotherapy addresses the individual problems of our patients in a group context. Patients are simultaneously learning and passing on coping strategies that help them to manage depression.  

 

The treatment program is centered on the following areas:

 

Psychological education
General topics include the development of depression, stress and individual stressors, individual goals, and treatment options.


Topic 1: Activities
The relationship between activities and mood. The focus here is on getting active again and structuring one's days.


Topic 2: Cognitions
What impact do your own thoughts have on your wellbeing?


Theme 3: Social skills training (SKT)
How can I prepare for everyday social situations that present difficulties?


Topic 4: Aging
Areas covered range from loss of familiar persons to physical limitations and loneliness.


Relapse prevention