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  • Depression-focused psychotherapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy, and problem-solving therapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an alternative option.

  • Individual or group formats may be used.

  • Marital and family problems are common in the course of major depressive disorder and can be addressed by marital or family therapy.

  • Considerations in the choice of a specific type of psychotherapy include the following:

    • Goals of treatment (in addition to resolving major depressive symptoms)

    • Prior positive response to a specific type of psychotherapy

    • Patient preference

    • Availability of clinicians skilled in the specific psychotherapeutic approach

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