More older adults with depression referred to medication —
not psychotherapy — for treatment
Not long ago, depression in older adulthood was considered
a fact of life. After all, the reasoning went, wouldn’t you feel
gloomy if your friends were dying, your memory fading and
your knees creaking?
among the general population. But among older adults — who
take more medications and are more prone to side effects —
the resolution goes a step further, saying psychotherapy should
be a “front-line intervention.”
But until more mental health providers are trained to treat
an aging population, other clinicians may continue to overlook
psychotherapy as a treatment for older patients.
Last fall, APA launched “Psychotherapy: More
Than a Quick Fix,” a campaign to educate
consumers about psychotherapy’s effectiveness
and encourage them to ask their physicians
about it as a treatment option. To watch the campaign videos,
go to www.apa.org/helpcenter/psychotherapy-works.aspx.