Marriage Counseling and Depression

by newport
(LA)

Marriage counseling has been suggested as a treatment for couples with a depressed spouse on the basis of the strong association between depressive symptoms and marital distress; the role played by marital negative factors on onset and maintenance of depressive disorders; and the possible buffering effect of interpersonal support and enhanced intimacy on depressive symptoms. Because depression is associated with marital problems, a handful of studies have looked at whether marriage counseling can be used to treat depression. These studies showed that marriage therapy is as effective as either Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Interpersonal Therapy. It also is as effective as antidepressants. In addition, marriage therapy improved the overall quality of the marital relationship.

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