Guest Author - Lisa Angelettie M.S.W.
In a recent study by Dr. Alan F. Schatzberg of Stanford University in California, researchers agree that there is a significant improvement in depression symptoms when a person switches from either an antidepressant to psychotherapy or from psychotherapy to an antidepressant.
The study was unique because of the fact that not many researchers have followed patients who switch from one treatment model to another. It included following 140 patients all with significant cases of clinical depression. Thirty people dropped out of the study -- but the remaining participants results showed great promise.
There was a positive response by 57% of patients who switched to psychotherapy and there was also a positive response by 42% of patients who switched from psychotherapy to the antidepressant Serzone.
This study supports the supposition that a patient may experience improvement in symptoms if they try switching their treatment from drug therapy to psychotherapy or from psychotherapy to drug therapy.
Of course, mental health professionals highly recommend combining both medication and psychotherapy for the most successful results for chronic depression, but if you aren't doing that and are only doing one - and it isn't working - then switching just may be what you need.
Are you looking for a therapist in your area? First, ask someone you trust for a referral. Has anyone you know mentioned seeing a therapist? If not, second is to go to your physician or hospital and ask for a referral. Still no results? Try your list of participating therapists with your health plan. Rather not? Then try using the Therapist Directory at www.psychologytoday.com
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Lisa Angelettie is an author, counselor, & coach on mental health, relationship, and other life issues for women. You can also visit her at http://www.girlshrink.com Please visit us for more discussion on this topic in the depression forum to talk about it further. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for topics in the news, new articles, website & book reviews, and other useful depression resources. Subscribe below.