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Effectiveness of Peer Support for Depression

In a newly released study*, peer support for depression was found to be more effective than traditional forms of treatment and as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy. Peer support helps with isolation issues, promotes self-help education and provides encouraging role models. The psychiatrist author of this study noted that peer support should be used more often to help treat depression given that up to a third of individuals aren’t helped by antidepressants and 50% relapse within a year of remission. We hope you will get some high quality peer support here.
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Treatment Options for Depression

It was interesting to see what our poll results were on this topic. We would expect that many would say seeing a therapist, working with a psychiatrist or both - and that was the case. What was surprising was that more than 20% felt that online forums and chat rooms were their best option. Perhaps this shouldn't have been a surprise since our audience was answering this poll online. A relatively small number of respondents said that participating in a support group was their best option.

It turns out that our preferences for depression treatment are not necessarily the most effective. For example there are over 200 different types of psychotherapy but only a few have been shown to reliably treat depression. There are also many different meds that can be prescribed but about a third of us don’t respond to meds. For the other two thirds it can take six to eight months to find the best prescription drug or drugs.   Read More »
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