Depression

Combination treatment for depression

Does combining psychotherapy and drug therapy for depression work better than either alone?

Whether psychotherapy, medication, or both should be used in the treatment of depression should always be considered on a case-by-case basis. That being said, studies dating back to the 1970s have shown that combining psychotherapy and drug therapy is usually more effective […]

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Are antidepressants effective?

Patients with moderate-to-severe depression frequently ask me whether they should consider antidepressant drugs or not. I provide my response below, based on the latest psychiatry literature.

The most recent large-scale research comparing antidepressant drugs with placebo was conducted by Cipriani and colleagues at the University of Oxford in 2018. This research was unique because the […]

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On depression

Depression is a condition characterized by low mood, sadness, anhedonia (decreased pleasure/interest), fatigue, changes in weight/appetite, irritability, sleep disturbance, agitation, impaired concentration, indecision, lack of motivation, pessimism/hopelessness, and suicidal thinking. Over-sensitivity to criticism/rejection and social withdrawal is not uncommon. It is often accompanied by feelings of excessive worthless/guilt, feelings of loneliness or lack of belongingness, […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Depression|Comments Off on On depression

Depression in adolescents

This article is intended to be a brief guide for parents with a depressed adolescent. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I. An overview of adolescent depression
Depression is a common but serious condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In teens, depression often manifests in the […]

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