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Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal psychotherapy for late-life depression 

Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal psychotherapy for late-life depression
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Sexual orientation issues in the context of interpersonal psychotherapy for late-life depression
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Gregory A. Hinrichsen

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10.1093/med/9780199583553.003.0001
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date: 10 May 2021

This chapter will discuss differences in generational expectations and experiences related to sexual orientation in the context of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for late-life depression. Two cases will be reviewed in detail. In the first case, an older woman learns that her son is gay which leads to conflict between them and the onset of an episode of major depression. In the second case, retirement leads to depression in an older gay man who subsequently makes a suicide attempt. The cases are used as a vehicle for discussing sexual orientation issues in the context of geropsychological practice but also to illustrate the use of IPT in the treatment of late-life depression.

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