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Behav Res Ther. 2011 Oct;49(10):588-96. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2011.05.010. Epub 2011 Jul 23.

Competitive Memory Training for treating depression and rumination in depressed older adults: a randomized controlled trial.

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Department of Elderly Psychiatry, Parnassia Bavo Group Psychiatric Institute, Netherlands.


Although rumination is an important mediator of depressive symptoms, there is insufficient proof that an intervention that specifically targets rumination ameliorates the clinical condition of, depressed patients. This study investigates whether a time-limited cognitive behavioral intervention (Competitive Memory Training, or COMET for depressive rumination) is an effective treatment for depression and rumination. This intervention was tested in older adult depressed outpatients. A total of 93 patients (aged ≥ 65 years with major depression and suffering from rumination) were treated in small groups according to the COMET protocol in addition to their regular treatment. Patients were randomized to two treatment conditions: 7 weeks of COMET + treatment-as-usual (TAU) versus TAU only. COMET + TAU showed a significant improvement in depression and rumination compared with TAU alone. This study shows that the transdiagnostic COMET protocol for depressive rumination might also be successful in treating depression and rumination in older adults.

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