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The Ups And Downs of Depression Treatment

The journey from depression rarely follows a straight line.

Should You Do Talk Therapy for Your Depression? continued...

“It doesn’t change personalities,” Weissman says. “It’s time limited and based on a medical model.”

She thinks the approach is especially helpful for parents who are depressed. Her research has shown that when parents clear away depression, their children are happier and less likely to become depressed or to have other psychiatric problems.

“You get a two-for,” she says. “Parents are less hopeless and helpless and have more interest and affection. It’s hard to be depressed when you’re being warm and attentive and energetic.”

Write It Down: Depression Is Not Your Fault

What psychiatrists don’t want to see is patients being scared off of treatment by depression’s stigma or by the feeling that depression is their own fault. You are not responsible for your depression, and treatment is not something to be embarrassed about.

In studies where people were on an antidepressant then switched to a placebo, depression returned at a rate two to three times higher than it did for those who remained on the drug.

“We know that antidepressants prevent depression from coming back,” Alpert says. If you work with your doctor and therapist and continue treatment, adjustments can be made to help treatment continue to work.

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Reviewed on April 29, 2011

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