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Depressed? Should you Take Medication or Receive Psychotherapy?

 

By Dr Mike Shery,

Should you take medication or get into therapy to treat your depression? Antidepressants are often the first treatment offered to people who are depressed. Managed care and health insurance companies prefer this approach because antidepressants are viewed as less expensive than psychotherapy.

Numerous studies demonstrate that the use of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and antidepressant medication are equally effective in treating depression; and, that combining psychotherapy with the use of medication is more effective than using medication alone. Importantly, because of the inclusion of medication and its side effects, the relapse rate is higher among depressives treated with combined treatment than those treated solely with psychotherapy.

Remember: The providers of your health care tend to use the tools for which they are trained: After all, if the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything like a nail.

Therefore, most primary care physicians prescribe antidepressant medications before they refer for counseling or psychotherapy. They have their prescription pads handy - but they don’t have much time available or training logged in talking with their patients about psychological issues. Like the rest of us, doctors tend to use the tools they have available and for which they were trained.

However, both antidepressants and psychotherapy are effective treatments for depression and a combination of the two is often more effective than either alone. Of course, at any particular time, one treatment is likely to be more effective than another for a particular patient. We still cannot accurately predict with great precision which treatment will be more effective for one person rather than another.

If you are depressed, remember that you can be treated by a psychologist, psychiatric social worker, psychiatrist or mental health counselor. The practitioner you are seeing may have only certain tools available to him or her or may be skilled in only using certain ones. Their recommendations for your treatment may have far more to do with THEIR TRAINING rather than YOUR PROBLEM.

Don’t forget that there are a variety of treatments which are effective to treat your depression and that, regardless of which treatment your doctor or therapist offers first, if it doesn't work, ask about the alternatives.

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Dr. Mike Shery is a licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including: ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan Health, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, United Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street .

He has practiced clinical psychology for approximately 24 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

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