Physician: Research Needed On Why Patients Respond Better To One Type Of Depression Treatment Than Another

In the New York Times (1/8) “Well” blog, psychiatrist Richard A. Friedman, MD, wrote, “Because some patients” with depression “respond better to psychotherapy than medication — and vice versa — or prefer one type of treatment over another, we need to learn much more about how various types of psychotherapy compare with medications clinically as well as at the level of the brain.”

At the moment, however, “we don’t have a clue, in part because of the current research funding priorities from the National Institutes of Mental Health, which strongly favor brain science over psychosocial treatments.” Nevertheless, “we owe it to our patients to try to answer” such “important questions.”

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— “To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?,” Richard A. Friedman, M.D., New York Times, January 8, 2015.

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