Chapter 3. Psychotherapies for Depression in Adults: A Review of Recent Developments

  1. Helen Herrman3,
  2. Mario Maj4 and
  3. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Michael E. Thase1,2

Published Online: 10 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch3

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

Depressive Disorders, Third Edition

How to Cite

Thase, M. E. (2009) Psychotherapies for Depression in Adults: A Review of Recent Developments, in Depressive Disorders, Third Edition (eds H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470745892.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  2. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  3. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470987209

Online ISBN: 9780470745892



  • psychotherapies for depression in adults;
  • problem-solving therapy (PST);
  • acute phase efficacy;
  • efficacy in combination with pharmacotherapy;
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT);
  • mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT);
  • behaviour therapy (BT);
  • marital therapy (MT) and marital discord and divorce/separation precipitating depression;
  • evidence-based psychotherapy paradox


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Problem-Solving Therapy (PST)

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Behaviour Therapy (BT)

  • Marital Therapy (MT)

  • Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (BPD)

  • Overall Summary

  • References