Drug-Resistant Depression Improves With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Patients unresponsive to antidepressants can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, and their depression may even enter remission, says a new study.
By Jessica Firger
Everyday Health Staff Writer
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2012
In the United States, depression is the leading cause of disability, affecting 15 million people each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And while many people with depression who are prescribed antidepressants improve — and even go into remission — some remain unresponsive to drug treatment.
Researchers from the University of Bristol in Great Britain are reporting that a certain type of talk therapy had a dramatic impact on individuals in their study whose depression didn't respond to drugs. Based on their findings, they recommend that clinicians treating depression suggest cognitive behavioral therapy to patients as the next course of action, when antidepressants are ineffective.
Cognitive behavior therapy is a type of psychological counseling that teaches a person how to think in healthy ways.
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You will still have to be treated for PTSD but this may help with the depression part of it. Talk to your doctor.