New Therapy May Cut Risk of Depression in Those with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Depression has been tied to many forms of disability, including vision loss due to conditions such as age-related macular degeneration. Most often, this condition-related depression is treated the same as any other case of depression, but new research published in Ophthalmology suggests a specific type of rehabilitation therapy called behavior activation could reduce the risk of depression associated with macular degeneration by up to 50%.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cite age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision in the US for people aged 65 and over.
Previous studies have shown a significant association between vision loss and depression, but these researchers hope behavior activation therapy could reduce the risk in people with AMD by half.
Study co-author Robin Casten, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, describes behavior activation as a method involving helping people to recognize that the loss of enjoyed activities could lead to depression, and working to re-engage them with these activities.
Medical News Today has the full report on how these two conditions become so closely related and how this type of therapy works to relieve depression issues in those who suffer from AMD.