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include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy,
and problem-solving therapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an alternative
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
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
Availability of clinicians skilled in the specific psychotherapeutic