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Studies of Psychodynamic Therapy & Depression

Research Studies: Psychodynamic Therapy & It's effectiveness of the Treatment of Depression.

Here are a few research studies that explore how psychoanalysis can be helpful in treating depression, along with their references:

1) Leichsenring, F., & Rabung, S. (2008). Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Meta-analysis. JAMA, 300(13), 1551–1565. doi:10.1001/jama.300.13.1551

This meta-analysis reviewed 23 studies and found that long-term psychodynamic therapy is effective in treating depression. The authors suggest that the focus on emotional experiences, self-reflection, and the therapeutic relationship are key components that contribute to the therapy's success.

2) Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 65(2), 98–109. doi:10.1037/a0018378

In this study, Shedler reviews several meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials to argue that psychodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for depression. He suggests that the therapy's focus on exploring and resolving underlying conflicts and emotions leads to long-lasting change.

3) de Maat, S., de Jonghe, F., Schoevers, R., & Dekker, J. (2009). The effectiveness of long-term psychoanalytic therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(3), 191–202. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2009.01.007

This meta-analysis reviewed 11 studies and found that long-term psychoanalytic therapy (a form of psychodynamic therapy) is effective in treating

These are just a few examples of the research supporting the effectiveness of psychoanalytic approaches for treating depression. There is a growing body of literature in this area, and many therapists continue to use these methods to help clients with depression and other mental health issues.

If you would like to talk to someone about depressions symptoms and start working towards feeling better, get in touch.

Please Note: Depression is considered a medical diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have a medical conditions, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments. 

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