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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or antidepressants?

    Which is the preferred method? Or is it best to use them in combination?
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    As always, discuss this with your health professional care team.

    In my experience “in combination” has been best.

    My clinical psychologist explained it to me by saying that ADs can help in building a strong foundation.

    Once that foundation is there then CBT (and/or other talk therapy modalities) can be very effective.

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    Muriel Cooper

    Psychologist

    I specialise in stress, anxiety and depression as well as general psychology. I have been a counsellor and psychologist for nearly 20 years and firmly … View Profile

    I understand the point of  view of those who wish to include medication in every discussion about depression. 
    However, many  studies (I might even venture to say the majority), indicate that it depends on the severity of the depression.  For mild to moderate depression, it is indicated that talking therapy/skills based therapy is as effective as medication without the often challenging side effects.
    Effects on libido seems a particularly challenging side effect as well as weight gain.
    See your GP and a psychologist and be assessed as to the  severity of your depression.  Also research the efficacy and side effects of the medication  before you decide whether medication is the correct route for you.
    Good luck.

  • Ralph Graham

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    Ralph Graham, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, helping those who are affected by:grief, loss, anxiety, phobias, panic attack.And those who have been traumatised by:crime, assault, sexual abuse and … View Profile

    Is this specifically for depression? Can you say what you are looking to address please?
    Thank you.

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