224. What if Antidepressants Don’t Work?

Medication is often the first line of defense for someone afflicted with depression. However, medication doesn’t work for everyone.

Dr. Syras Derksen, a Winnipeg Psychologist, revealed that a new piece of research tested whether therapy will work where medication failed. The study recruited people with depression who were not getting better using medication. They took half of these people and had them start Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with trained therapists. They found that the individuals who received Cognitive Behavior Therapy were over 2.5 times more likely to get better than those who continued with their medication or other treatment. These results continued when the researchers followed up after a year.

Medication has been shown to be a legitimate treatment for depression, but it often fails. There is now evidence that CBT offers hope when medication isn’t working.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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