Effectiveness of mental therapy for poor medication adherence in depression: A review

  • Shuyin Xu
  • Bangshan Liu
  • Yan Zhang
Keywords: Depression, Medication adherence, Psychotherapy


Purpose: To review the effectiveness and underlying mechanism of different types of psychotherapy to improve medication adherence (MA).
Methods: In this review, the status and possible factors influencing medication adherence in patients with depression patients based on  information obtained from various literature.
Results: Although the focus of psychologists' analysis of the causes and solutions of mental illness is different, several of these therapies can improve patient compliance with their medications. An effective psychotherapy can change patients’ attitudes towards disease and help them reduce the disease recurrence rate.
Conclusion: Psychotherapy has an irreplaceable role in dealing with the major depressive disorder. This review aimed to provide effective instructions for improving medication adherence and reducing disease relapse and recurrence in the future.

Keywords: Depression, Medication adherence, Psychotherapy


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eISSN: 1596-9827
print ISSN: 1596-5996