Oct. 1, 2010 -- Updated guidelines for the treatment of clinical depression include suggestions on the use of medication , talk therapy, exercise, and alternative treatments, while urging doctors to more closely assess symptoms and tailor treatments to the patient. The American Psychiatric Association released the guidelines on major depressive disorder Friday, the first update in 10 years. Before the release of the new guidelines, an independent panel of depression treatment experts with no ties to industry reviewed the guidelines for any bias, says Joel Yager, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, and chair of the American Psychiatric Association's steering committee on practice guidelines. The final document, Yager tells WebMD, is a ''verification and validation of the best way to treat depression." The group took five years to research and create the guidelines, Yager says. Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, the CDC reported this week. About 3.4% of those meet the criteria for major depression , the type addressed in the guidelines.
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Recommended Self-Help Resources  Depression is Contagious (Yapko)  Breaking the Patterns of Depression(Yapko)  Hand-Me-Down Blues (Yapko)  Focusing on Feeling Good audio CD Program(Yapko)  Calm Down! audio CD Program (Yapko)  Learned Optimism (Seligman)  Emotional Intelligence (Goleman)  The Optimistic Child (Seligman)  Feeling Good (Burns)  Mind Over Mood (Greenberger/Padesky)  Women Who Think Too Much (Nolen-Hoeksema)  The Shelter of Each Other (Pipher)
Advice for Choosing a Psychotherapist  Someone licensed/credentialed with the appropriate academic and clinical training  Someone with an advanced and CURRENT knowledge of the intricacies of depression  Someone who will push you gently but firmly to be proactive in treatment  Someone who will also talk to your partner and kids, at least occasionally  Someone available for regular consultation  Someone who will teach skills, provide information, and offer perspectiveView Thread
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I've seen about 4 posts on ECT tonight, so figured I would put a resource up as it is a bona fide and good treatment for certain individuals. It is no longer barbaric with patients thrashing around having full body seizures. Basically, you are under anesthesia and your brain has a seizure and your body does not. Info about side effects are noted on the link noted. Other links www.acnp.org/g4/GN401000108/Default.htm for those who like medical jargon
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While scanning many of the posts, I have seen a lot of comments about mood swings. Yes, mood swings, irritability and sadness do occur when depressed, however some patients with depression and a life long history of severe and rapid mood swings may have Borderline Personality traits or even disorder. The treatment for this kind of 'depression' is a bit more complicated and relies more on psychotherapy to help lower symptoms. A reliable NIMH resource is here if you would like more information.View Thread
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