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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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