An article in the December Archives of General Psychiatry just reported that only 43 percent of people who sought treatment for depression went to a psychotherapist. This is part of a larger trend over the past couple of decades that has seen the number of people referred for therapy by physicians drop nearly 50 percent.
Today, physicians dispensing meds are the main source of treatment for most depressed people. At the same time, there’s increasing evidence that Cognitive-Behavioral approaches--along with other forms of psychotherapy--work at least as effectively as meds for many clients, and have no side effects.
Curious about the latest therapeutic advances in working with depression? Here are a few useful resources you might want to check out.
In “Deconstructing Depression,” featured in the November/December 2010 issue, Peg Wehrenberg distinguishes between four very different varieties of depression--neurobiological, traumatic, situational, and attachment-related--that are currently lumped together by DSM-IV.
This coming March at the 2011 Networker Symposium, she’ll also offer a workshop called “The Ten Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques,” demonstrating how to best match treatment with a client’s specific form of depression.
Starting January 7, Michael Yapko will be giving a webinar, “Beyond Pills: Effective Therapy with Depressed Clients,” which not only surveys the empirically-supported treatments for depression, but also explores how hypnosis and mindfulness practice can enhance accepted psychotherapeutic methods. As part of the webinar, he’ll be presenting a clinical video demonstration.
Please let us know your questions--as well as what you’ve seen from your own experiences--about what works and what doesn’t when treating depression.