WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Talk therapy can alleviate depression and improve the quality of life of people with dementia, according to a review published online April 25 Kochran Library.
Vasiliki Orgeta, PhD, from University College London, and colleagues have developed a systematic approach to evaluating the clinical efficacy of psychiatric interventions compared to the usual treatment, or a controlled intervention to reduce depression and anxiety in people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. (MCI). Interventions included cognitive behavioral therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, problem solving therapy), adjuvant and counseling therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and interpersonal therapy.
Based on 29 studies (including 2,599 participants), researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy-based psychotherapy had little positive effect on reducing depression and improving the daily life activities of people with dementia or MCI vs. control. Little or no effect. There was a lack of evidence to determine whether any psychiatric treatment was helpful for people with dementia or MCI anxiety.
“There is now substantial evidence to support the use of psychiatric therapy for people with dementia rather than prescribing drugs and without the risk of side effects of the drug,” a co-author said in a statement. “What we need now is for more physicians to choose talk therapy for their patients and to pledge to fund more high-quality research in this area.”
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