Isn't the Only Cure
Depression: Medication Isn't the Only Cure
New research shows that there are other ways to treat different forms of depression.
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The researchers looked at data from earlier studies on two antidepressants.
The studies included patients with severe, moderate, and mild forms of depression.
Some were given antidepressants.
Others received a placebo.
Jay Fournier is the study's lead author.
What we found is that patients who are on the lower end of the severity, even on the sort of middle range of severity, the medications weren't doing much more than the placebo was.
For patients at the higher end of severity, the medications had a very potent effect.
Doctors have been sharply divided on how to treat patients with less serious symptoms of depression.
The study does not make treatment recommendations but it has implications for treatment.
Psychiatrist Stuart Sotsky conducted one of the studies included in the review.
I hope that what a study like this will do would be to help alert clinicians, and residents in training, and medical students as well, that severity is an important factor to consider in planning treatment.
Dr. Sotsky says some moderately depressed patients could still benefit from antidepressants, but his study showed that many others could do just as well with exercise, talk therapy, support groups, or self-help.
While they may not respond well to antidepressants, the good news is that there are other effective treatments that can be employed to help.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Carol Pearson, VOA News.
1.What did researchers study?
a.effects of a specific type of medicine
2.On whom did the antidepressants only work?
a.those with high levels of happiness
b.those with high levels of confidence
c.those with high levels of humor
d.those with high levels of depression
3.What does Dr. Sotsky believe about helping people with depression?
a.Different treatments should be applied according to depression levels.
b.Don't talk to them.
c.Don't let them express themselves.
d.Treat all forms of depression with the same medicine.
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