Will antidepressants work for you?

Will antidepressants work for you?

cbtThis article (taken from Men’s Health) tries to answer this question with new research from Emory. It talks about 2 types of depression: one that responds better to anti-depressants and one that that responds better to cognitive behavior therapy. It highlights the importance of finding what is best for you and being your own best advocate. Read below for more:

The right mood-booster is a test away. Scientists at Emory University recently identified separate brain patterns linked to two different types of depression: one that responds better to antidepressants, and another that’s best treated with cognitive behavioral therapy. A simple brain scan could soon reveal which treatment works better for you.

For now, the scan is only available to test for Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy, while depression will continue to be diagnosed with a doctor’s evaluation, a mental status exam, and a psychiatric interview until more studies confirm the scan’s effectiveness.

In the meantime, don’t get discouraged if your treatment doesn’t seem to be working. “Success is largely trial and error,” says lead researcher Helen Mayberg, M.D. In fact, only 40 percent of depressed patients experience relief on their first go-around, she says.

So if you’re taking a drug and see no improvements (some can take 4 to 6 weeks to work), or you’re on your third Rx and don’t feel any better, ask your doc about therapy, and vice versa. Stick with it and you’ll find a treatment that’s right for you, Dr. Mayberg says.

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