Developing Psychological Well-Being in Distressed Older Patients


Maccarrone, J., Nierenberg, B. Developing Psychological Well-Being in Distressed Older Patients. J Health Serv Psychol 47, 31–39 (2021).


Depression and anxiety are common disorders in older adults. For some, even after a combination of pharmacological and psychological treatments, residual symptoms and periodic relapse persist throughout the lifespan. This pattern can lead to pessimism, as well as an increasing deficit in euthymia. Well-Being Therapy is an innovative approach to addressing depression and anxiety symptoms that are often influenced and accompanied by low levels of psychological well-being. The core principles of well-being therapy, as well as the related concepts of euthymia, eudaimonia, and psychological well-being, are described and illustrated.

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