Health Watch — Depression Treatment

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Nearly 10 percent of all adult Americans struggle with depression, and it’s often a recurring or chronic problem. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some research into treating depression.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center recently reported results of the largest long-term study of depression treatment yet conducted. This study looked at patients being treated for depression in real-world settings. These patients were being treated by psychiatrists and primary care physicians in a clinical setting. Doctors and patients at 41 clinics and care centers participated in the study. The researchers studied care for depression on a step-by-step basis, looking at which treatments and medications worked best for which symptoms and with what side effects.

Next: We’ll look at what the researchers learned.


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March 2007

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