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thanks for sharring, very good information.
“Regardless of its cause, depression can be treated by medications or talk therapy. Studies show that combining these approaches provides the greatest benefit.”
How many can afford it? There’s no “mental health parity” in US health insurance, and many public mental health services are grossly underfunded. There’s also “treatment resistant depression” anti-depressants don’t have a high rate of success, fairly often the difference between a placebo & the antidepressant in drug trials are fairly small. In addition, I believe the Star*D study found fairly high rates of remission after a few months & longer on the most commonly prescribed antidepressants at the time of the study.
Hard to find a therapist who’s not only skilled/qualified but whose therapeutic style or approach works for the patient. In the county I live in, there is no longer a psychologist, psychiatrist, MSW or LCSWs working with adult mentally ill people. At best, they have a PC degree (which I believe stands for professional counselor). People wait months to be evaluated/start treatment.
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