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What is psychodynamic therapy for depression?

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Psychodynamic therapy is the kind of talk therapy many people imagine when they think of psychological treatment for depression. In psychodynamic therapy, the patient is encouraged to talk freely about whatever happens to be on his or her mind. As the patient does this, patterns of behavior and feelings that stem from past experiences and unrecognized feelings become apparent. The focus is put then on those patterns so that the patient can become more aware of how past experience and the unconscious mind are affecting his or her present life.