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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

Print version ISSN 1516-4446On-line version ISSN 1809-452X

Abstract

RIBEIRO, Ângela; RIBEIRO, João P.  and  VON DOELLINGER, Orlando. Depression and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2018, vol.40, n.1, pp.105-109.  Epub June 12, 2017. ISSN 1516-4446.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1516-4446-2016-2107.

Depression is a complex condition, and its classical biological/psychosocial distinction is fading. Current guidelines are increasingly advocating psychotherapy as a treatment option. Psychodynamic psychotherapy models encompass a heterogeneous group of interventions derived from early psychoanalytic conceptualizations. Growing literature is raising awareness in the scientific community about the importance of these treatment options, as well as their favorable impact on post-treatment outcomes and relapse prevention. Considering the shifting paradigm regarding treatment of depressive disorder, the authors aim to provide a brief overview of the definition and theoretical basis of psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as evaluate current evidence for its effectiveness.

Keywords : Depressive disorder; mood disorders, unipolar; psychotherapy; psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies.

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