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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2006 Nov;44(11):28-33.

Psychotherapy with older adults: benefits and barriers.

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  • 1Grimaldi Counseling, Belmont, MA 02478, USA. debvanetten@earthlink.net

Abstract

Psychotherapeutic treatments are known to be effective in older adults with mental illnesses. Depression, anxiety, and complicated bereavement must be considered psychiatric illnesses, rather than normal consequences of aging. To improve the rate of psychotherapy use among older adults, stigma surrounding psychiatric treatment, as well as misconceptions that older adults are incapable of change, must be unlearned and eliminated.

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