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Some depressed people do worse on drugs. Other options for depression treatment.

December 18, 2011|Uncategorized

A new study investigating the effectiveness of anti-depressant medications found that while most people showed improvement in symptoms of depression, some actually showed increasing symptoms.

The researchers suspected that for those who did not benefit from medication, the unpleasant side effects of the medications, such as sleep disturbance, might explain why some participants felt worse after using the medication.

The research highlights the need for an individualized approach to treatment of depression and other behavioral health issues. One size does not fit all. For many, psychotherapy and counseling will be the best option.

If  you or a loved one suffer from symptoms of depression or another emotional issue, help is available. To learn more about treatment options, call us at 617-259-1895.

Excerpt:

Up to a fifth of patients being treated for depression with some medications may do worse than those given a placebo, according to a U.S. study.The findings, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, highlight the importance of quickly identifying how patients respond to certain drugs, said lead author Ralitza Gueorguieva, at the Yale University School of Health.

“Identifying variables that are associated with response is a very important question that we havent quite tackled,” she said.

via Some depressed people do worse on drugs: study | Reuters.

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