Psychotherapy and depression
Professor James Potash concludes that any good treatment for depression does involve some element of psychotherapy.
As a general rule, any good treatment for depression does involve some element of psychotherapy, so even if a medication is going to help a person, on the one hand, people often need a lot of encouragement to take medication. Often they need to be talked through the advantages of medication, they need to be talked through getting over the stigma of being on medicine, they need to discuss side effects and most importantly they need help dealing with the fallout from the depression. Often, depression will have caused the blow-ups at work or strains in their marriage, and often they need some guidance in how to manage that.
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Professor James Potash discusses recent findings that question the effectiveness of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Professor James Potash explains that the HPA (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal) axis is the system that control the stress response. The hormone cortisol is intrinsic to this system.
Professor James Potash explains that, for many bipolar disorder patients, managing medications can be difficult.
Doctor Jon Lieberman outlines three treatments for depression - medication, talk therapy, and a combination of both. The combined approach has consistently been most successful.
Professor James Potash explains that most individuals with bipolar disorder lead normal lives and respond well to lithium medication.
Professor Helen Mayberg describes treatments for depression: medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. About 40% of patients recover entirely, while about 10% do not respond.
Professor James Potash discusses studies that show reductions in hippocampal volume in people with depression and abnormalities in cingulate areas in patients with bipolar disorder.
Professor James Potash discusses the hypothesis that there are two forms of depression - one that results primarily from external factors (exogenous) and a second endogenous form.
Although writers have described episodes of depression since antiquity, only recently have we recognized that the depressive disorders are among the most common and disabling medical conditions throughout the world.
A review of the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments of bipolar disorder.