What is problem solving therapy (PST) in the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Problem-solving therapy (PST) aims to improve individuals’ problem-solving attitudes and behaviors in order to decrease distress and improve quality of life. [141, 144] The use of PST for the treatment of major depressive disorder is based on a model characterizing social problem solving as a mediator (e.g., Nezu & Ronan [145] ) and moderator (e.g., Nezu, Nezu, Saraydarian, Kalmar, & Ronan [146] ) of the relationship between stress and depression. Social problem solving is defined as a cognitive-behavioral process that involves directing efforts to cope with a problem toward changing the nature of the situation, changing one’s reaction to the problem, or both. This includes the ability to identify and select a variety of coping responses to address the features of a specific stressful situation. [147]


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