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Midlife Crisis: Transition or Depression?

What do you do when a midlife crisis turns into depression?

When Midlife Crisis Turns Into Depression: What Helps?

Behavior or "talk" therapy, as well as prescription antidepressant medication, can help treat major or clinical depression, says Anita H. Clayton, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

In a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Stanford University researchers compared medication alone, talk therapy alone, or a combination in 656 persons with chronic depression. They found that the combination produces a faster, fuller remission of chronic depression.

If depression is milder, Clayton says, a single approach may be enough.

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Reviewed on November 11, 2009

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