Is psychotherapy beneficial in preventing relapse 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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Psychotherapy can be used not only to consolidate the skills learned during the acute phase of treatment and help patients cope with the psychosocial sequelae of the depression but also to address the antecedents, contextual factors, environmental stressors, and intrapsychic conflicts that may contribute to a relapse. If the patient is taking antidepressants, psychotherapy can be used to foster medication compliance. In adolescents, one study suggested that monthly cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions may be effective to prevent relapses of depression. [217]


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