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Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) is an evidence-based treatment modality for older adults. Similar to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), STPP refers to a family of distinct but overlapping therapies that share similar features. All STPP modalities are rooted in psychoanalytic theory and share the notion that unconscious emotional conflicts are largely responsible for our patients’ symptoms and suffering.
Psychotherapy in Later Life is a practical how-to-guide for psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health workers on choosing and delivering evidence-based psychological therapies to older adults. It covers all the main evidence-based psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), as well as specialist topics such as combining psychotherapy with pharmacological treatments, working with diverse populations and individual versus group therapy. The World Health Organization estimates that over the next four decades, the proportion of the world's older adults will nearly double, from twelve percent to twenty-two percent, and that one in five older adults has a diagnosable mental health disorder. Given the increasing number of older adults requiring mental health treatment, incorporating talking therapies into treatment plans is key to tackling issues related to polypharmacy, medication interactions and side effects. Written by experts in geriatric mental health, this book provides the most authoritative information on the use of psychotherapy in older adults.
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