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Overview

There are various psychotherapies that can be useful in helping the patient with AD and their family deal with the challenges that AD presents.
Supportive psychotherapy can be a helpful tool in which the therapist helps the client improve their subjective feeling about the situation, and helps provide inspiration, reassurance, suggestion, persuasion, education and counselling. This form of therapy helps promote in the person their best possible social and psychological adaptation that reinforcing and emphasizing what they are still capable of doing and managing instead of their impairments. For family members, this psychotherapy can help provide the ongoing emotional support and emphasize the family strengths and resources that help the family cope better with the challenges of their loved one’s AD.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is another psychotherapy that can help deal with the emotional and behavioural issues experienced by patients with AD, such as anxiety and depression. Family members may also experience distress because of the loss of their loved one’s ability and their changing relationship with them as a result of the disease. CBT helps identify thoughts and behaviours that are problematic and help reframe them to bring about positive change and enhance their quality of life.
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How effective is Psychotherapy for Alzheimer’s?

Psychotherapy is effective for people with Alzheimer’s in helping them feel less anxious and depressed, help them cope with their condition psychologically and physically, come to terms with accepting the situation, and thus enhance their quality of life.

What are the benefits of Psychotherapy for Alzheimer’s?

Psychotherapy helps patients with Alzheimer’s reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression, increases their self esteem and self confidence, helps them prevent undue dependency, helps educate their family and friends on how they can become the source of support for the patient, and psycho-educate them about the nature of their disease while making them aware of what treatment can help them achieve and limitations of it.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions required is variable and depends on the amount of psychotherapeutic support required by the patient and the family members in coping with the disease.