There is growing concern about the use of medication in treating depression versus counselling for depression – particularly around whether our GP’s are too quick to prescribe a pill.
When is Medication for Depression Appropriate?
Often the type of depression is important to consider before figuring out which approach may be best. For long term depression many individuals may find medication useful, but others find the side effects intolerable.
Recent research shows that counselling is equally effective for depression when compared to medication, for reactive depression that is infrequent or caused by difficult situations.
When women are likely to be pregnant/breastfeeding it is useful to trial counselling in the first instance and seek medical advice if counselling is not effective.
Ideally, working with both your GP and a mental health professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, will help you to work out what is best in your given situation and which approach has the best benefits and least risk.
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