Two things, not just one – Dual Approach Aids Depression Treatment The Wall Street Journal reports on the results of a study about depression treatment. Medication? Therapy? The study says both are most effective than either approach alone, at least in terms of adolescents.
A combination of medication and therapy helps depressed adolescents heal faster than medication or therapy alone, and with fewer incidents of the suicidal tendencies associated with unalloyed antidepressant use, according to findings in the largest and longest government-funded study of depressed teenagers.
This study, published yesterday in the Archives of General Psychiatry, provides more evidence that a combination of the antidepressant Prozac and therapy can help overcome both problems.
The study’s authors say the findings offer hope that teenagers can attain long-term recovery from the illness, which is marked by chronic relapses among patients of all ages. They hope that by treating adolescents for longer than three to four months — the typical duration of such studies — teens will reach their “maximal medical benefit” from treatment and be less likely to become depressed again in the future, said John March, chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine and one of the study’s authors.
Dual Approach Aids Depression Treatment
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