Which psychotherapeutic treatments are available for adults with major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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There are a number of evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments for adults with major depressive disorder. The following have been deemed to have strong research support by Division 12 of the American Psychological Association: [5, 6]

  • Behavior Therapy/Behavioral Activation

  • Cognitive Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)

  • Problem-solving therapy (PST)

  • Self-Management/Self-Control Therapy


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