Antidepressants in primary care: Is this how to treat depression? – latimes.com

Antidepressants in primary care: Is this how to treat depression? – latimes.com.

<<<“What this data suggests is that there’s likely to be a tendency to err on the side of treatment” when a patient complains to his or her physician about generally low mood or energy, Narrow said. In such cases, referring a patient to psychotherapy, or recommending behavioral changes such as reducing alcohol consumption or getting more sleep and exercise would be a preferable first step, he added. But for a physician pressed for time, a prescription might seem a better bet.>>>

My notes: This is one reason for the data being so skewed about antidepressant efficacy. It’s also a glaring illustration of the absence of mental health care even when someone is “covered” by an insurance policy. They see GP’s not mental health providers. And the other problem: rarely is therapy “prescribed.”

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