Dementia brings with it not only cognitive impairments but also multiple behavioral and psychological issues as well. Psychotherapy thus becomes an important part of treating these symptoms that arise with Dementia. The most common amongst these are anxiety and depression.
Psychotherapy is an option that helps the individuals adjust better to the diagnosis, educates them on the implications of dementia, and also helps the caregivers understand how they can cope with the disorder. Psychotherapeutic approaches to treating dementia
include cognitive behavioral therapy, problem-solving therapies, interpersonal therapy, or integrative therapeutic techniques.
There are multiple benefits that are evident when psychotherapy is administered for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early/moderate dementia. It is especially useful in assisting individuals with BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia) avoid Anti-Depressant medication for symptoms like anxiety or depression that may arise with Dementia.