Health Watch - Moods: Talk Therapy

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Depression, stress and other conditions that affect our moods can have a big impact on physical and emotional health. This week on Health Watch, we’ll look into moods and what to do about them. For some patients with depression, talk can be as helpful as pills.

Dr. Anna Brandon, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says antidepressant medication may make patients feel better sooner, but patients have longer-lasting results with fewer relapses with talk therapy. The talk therapy may also help patients deal with some of the problems that may contribute to their sadness. Talk therapy may be especially helpful for patients taking a lot of other medications or who have side effects from medication. Both talk therapy and medication have been proven effective in treating depression, and a mental health professional can help patients develop the treatment plan that’s best for them.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/mentalhealth to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in mental health.

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September 2009


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