Health Watch - Mind and Body: Talking it Out

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The mind and body have a profound influence on each other, so this week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about the mind and its connection to the body. Although clinical depression is a medical illness that can be treated with drugs, talking about problems can also help.

Both medication and talk therapy have been proven effective in treating depression. Doctors have to work with patients to find the best medicine and dosage, but patients may see quick results. Talk therapy can take longer, but it tends to bring a longer recovery with fewer relapses.

Dr. Anna Brandon, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says talk therapy may be a better option for patients who take other medications and who may be at risk for drug interactions. Talk therapy may also help patients get to the root of specific interpersonal problems that can be contributing to their sadness. The key is to work with a mental health professional to find the best treatment plan.


March 2010

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