Are Antidepressants the Answer?

Michael Yapko on the Safety and Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Rich Simon

The role of antidepressants in treating depressed clients continues to be a hot debate topic among psychotherapists. On one hand, it’s easy to suggest medication to a client who’s just been diagnosed with depression—the client may feel that his problem is being addressed without him having to spend time in ongoing therapy, and the therapist will get reimbursed by the client’s insurance company for the diagnosis.

But are antidepressants always effective? And are they even safe for all clients? The answer to both those questions, according to Michael Yapko—author of Breaking the Patterns of Depression—is an emphatic "no."

In a short clip from Michael's session in our new webcast series, Treating the Depressed Client, he very succinctly lays out a variety of reasons why antidepressants are not the solution for every client suffering from depression. He also brings to light a surprising statistic about the combined approach of therapy and medication.


This is just one of the depression treatment solutions Michael will discuss in this brand-new webcast series.

Treating the Depressed Client:
The Most Effective Approaches

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • David Burns on Overcoming Resistance in Depression Treatment
    Develop a more powerful and effective approach to shortening depression treatment.

  • Michael Yapko on Depression: An Experiential Approach
    View video clips of a clinical interview and expand your range of active, skill-building techniques with depressed clients.

  • Zindel Segal on The Mindful Way Through Depression
    Bring the insights of mindfulness traditions into your work with depressed clients.

  • Margaret Wehrenberg on When Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur
    Identify seven types of anxious/depressed clients and how to approach each one.

  • Judith Beck on The Cognitive Therapy of Depression
    Learn powerful techniques for bringing about enduring changes in depression symptoms.

  • Elisha Goldstein on Self-Compassion and the Depressed Client
    Enhance your ability to create an atmosphere of trust and empowerment in working with depressed clients.


Treating the Depressed Client
Series Available Now

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Topic: Anxiety/Depression | Mindfulness

Tags: antidepressants | cognitive therapy | David Burns | depression | depression and anxiety | depression symptoms | depression treatment | Judith Beck | Margaret Wehrenberg | mindful | psychotherapists | resistance | self-compassion | suffering from depression | therapist | therapy

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