A 21-year-old male asked:

If your patient refuses psychotherapy would you prescribe him antidepressants for mild depression ?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not necessarily: Really depends on the patients history, risk factors, supportive mechanisms and many other factors. While medicine can be very helpful - quite a few studies have shown that the combination of medicine and psychotherapy is of greater benefit. Hope that helps!
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Agree w Dr Gaffney: Medications are not always the answer. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. However there are other options. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active.
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Last updated Apr 3, 2018


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