Saturday, November 6, 2010

Repeated Depression

A recent study written up in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that although almost all teens treated for Major Depressive Disorder recovered in the short term, half suffered a relapse within 5 years. This held true even if the teens had received a combination of antidepressant and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). This combination has been considered to be the “gold standard” for depression treatment, with the hope that the CBT would help prevent relapses.

I am a strong proponent of therapy (especially CBT and DBT for older children, teens and adults). But obviously, even when treated with antidepressants and therapy to change thinking and behaviors, in half of these cases there is/are some underlying problem(s) which have yet to be addressed.

I always say it was not from lack of mental HEALTH that my kids got mental ILLNESS.

Thank goodness for the therapy, though, because the depression and subsequent life disruption would have been much harder to bear without that extra therapy, support, and skills learned.

The study didn't talk about it, but I wonder if the cognitive behavior therapy at least helped the people who relapsed cope the next time around, recognize what was happening, and get support sooner.

Here is a quickie video about just one of MANY possible contributors to "Depression":

  • Original Study: Recovery and Recurrence Following Treatment for Adolescent Major Depression John Curry, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Keith A. Young, Ph.D., vice chair for research, department of psychiatry and behavioral science, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and core leader for neuroimaging and genetics, Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, Temple, Texas; Nov. 1, 2010, Archives of General Psychiatry
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