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No one ever said that dealing with depression was easy. For years, experts have advocated a balance between therapy and medications. Using both of these treatment options together address the nurture (social cues) and nature (biological) components of depression. But thanks to our wonderful healthcare system, medications are dominating the depression treatment scene.
According to a report in Archives of General Psychiatry, the percentage of patients who received psychotherapy fell to 28.9% in 2004-2005, which is down from 44.4% in 1996-1997. Researchers say that one reason people and doctors are turning to medications more is because insurance companies are generally more willing to offer reimbursement for medications rather than psychotherapy.
Yes, medication is a wonderful tool for depression treatment, but is often only half of the equation. It’s hard to imagine someone with severe depression not being able to use therapy as an outlet for their feelings when it's been proven effective in numerous studies, especially when combined with meds.
If you’re dealing with depression, do you use medications and therapy? Has money been a large factor for why you haven’t used therapy? Are we, as a nation, too quick to pop pills as a means of solving our problems? Share your opinions! [The Los Angeles Times]