HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Antidepressants and electroconvulsive therapy are the best treatment options for depression

Despite public and professional misgivings, antidepressants and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are the most effective treatments for moderate to severe depression, state the authors of a Seminar in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Klaus Ebmeier (University of Edinburgh, UK) and colleagues reviewed recent developments and current controversies in depression. They state that while psychotherapies are now generally recommended for the treatment of milder depression or as an adjunct to antidepressant drugs in more severe illness, drug treatments remain the mainstay of antidepressant therapy. ECT, they add, remains the most effective treatment for depression, especially if patients present with psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations.

Professor Ebmeier states: "Recent moral panics about suicidal effects and dependenceinducing potential of antidepressants have tilted the balance of publicly perceived risk against them, but both their effectiveness and their ready availability make them the likely choice for most patients."

In an accompanying editorial The Lancet comments: "Depression affects around one in six people in the USA at some time in their lives, and may double their chance of death. These figures are similar for other developed countries and are compounded by the fact that over 50% of people with depression will become functionally impaired because of their illness. Sadly, for many people a diagnosis of depression is made worse by the social stigma that still clings to all mental-health diagnoses, by difficulties in accessing treatment options, and by confusion about which treatments work and which may make their problems worse."


'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
212-633-3810
Lancet
12-Jan-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Antidepressants safe for children and adolescents
2. Antidepressants improve post-stroke thinking outside the box
3. CIHR-funded research: Antidepressants help men decrease alcohol consumption, but not women
4. Antidepressants associated with increased risk for suicide attempts, decreased risk for death
5. Antidepressants might reduce risk of colorectal cancer
6. Antidepressants may be associated with modestly increased risk of suicidality in children
7. Antidepressants should be first-line approach for nerve tissue pain
8. Antidepressants may lower risk of recurrent heart attack in depressed heart attack patients
9. Antidepressants lessen risk of heart attack, Stanford researcher says
10. Chemotherapy with bevacizumab increases risk of blood clots in arteries
11. Nonsmall cell lung cancer -- chemotherapy before surgery appears better than surgery alone

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... Ecocor , ... Richard Pedranti Architect (RPA), a full-service architecture firm focusing on sustainable design, ... Line of Model Homes . Independently, Ecocor and RPA have extensive experience with ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... , ... Pullano Law Offices, a Chicago personal injury law firm, is pleased ... serve as President of the North Suburban Bar Association for 2017-2018. Mr. Pullano was ... the NSBA at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL, on September 13, ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... September 22, 2017 ... ... way to help you brush more effectively even on the go. Their electric ... like gingivitis and gum inflammation, with UV sanitizing technology. Combining leading edge Enke ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, today announced the ... A noted immunologist and microbiologist, Dr. Sellati has more than 20 years of ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... The ... Behavioral Health Services for professionals in the addiction treatment industry entitled: Special ... , Insurance companies and state and federal governments are increasingly scrutinizing the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the ... (VLMS), is pleased to announce the appointment of ... of its Board of Directors and Chairman of ... enables life science companies to manage their entire ... of paper in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... Sept. 7, 2017  For nearly two decades, New Life Agency has ... Reproduction Insurance industry. Today, New Life Agency announces a powerful three-way partnership ... ... ... http://pharmacarecard.com/ (PRNewsfoto/PharmaCareCard) ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... -- Robert G. Szewc, M.D., is recognized by Continental Who,s ... his contributions to the Medical field.      ... practice of Kidney and Hypertension Specialists, which specializes in ... He has worked in this position since 2002, and ... as expertise in kidneys, hypertension, chronic disease and anemia, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: