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Antidepressant Use Rising as Psychotherapy Rates Fall
Date:12/6/2010

medications. Now think about the last time you saw an ad for cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. You probably never have. So where are the shoppers going to go? They'll go to the place that is advertising. I'm not saying that's good or bad or anything. But it's certainly a factor."

In a second study published in the same journal, a Canadian team from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears to be as effective as antidepressants at helping successfully treated depression patients stay well.

The findings stem from work with 160 depression patients between the ages of 18 and 65, some of whom were offered counseling in place of antidepressants to help them learn to track and influence their own thinking patterns during moments of sadness.

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For more on the treatment of depression, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

SOURCES: Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., professor, clinical psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City; Michael W. O'Hara, Ph.D., professor, psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City; December 2010 Archives of General Psychiatry


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