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Chapter 24. Depression > Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression

Depression is a highly treatable problem. Nevertheless, many people do not seek help for fear that they will be stigmatized by going to therapy. Some avoid therapy for fear that once they begin, their therapist will never let them go. In reality, the new evidence-based therapies for depression, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy, are time-limited and with a maximum of 16 sessions.

Research has shown that medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy are effective in treating depression. Mild-to-moderate cases of depression respond equally to one of these therapies or to medication. A combination of medication and psychotherapy is generally best. The more serious cases of depression should be treated with medication.


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