Many people experience symptoms of depression throughout the lifespan. However, late-life depression is thought to be increasing among older adults. Symptoms of depression in older adults may include: changes in mood, weight, sleep patterns, ability to concentrate, and feelings of worthlessness. While there are numerous evidence-based treatments for depression, older adults may have limited access to seeking treatment due to costs and issues with mobility. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) has been proven to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression with adults and has been modified to be used via the Internet, which may benefit older adults who are having difficulty accessing treatment services.
Adults interested in CBT for reducing depression can expect to learn about the following in treatment:
* Information about depression and how cognitive and behavioral factors can maintain the cycle of depression
* Behavioral activation, which helps individuals become more active and improves mood
* Identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns
* Structured problem-solving
* Graded exposure
* Assertiveness skills training
* Relapse Prevention
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there is help and resources available, including professional counseling. Please contact (215) 487-1330 or email us at Greenridge@intercommunityaction.org for more information about our counseling services.
Author: Sarah Caverly, M.Ed., NCC
Hobbs, M.J., Joubert, A.E., Mahoney, A.E.J., & Andrews, G. (2018). Treating late-life depression: Comparing the effects of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy across the adult lifespan. Journal of Affective Disorders, 226, 58-65.