Fibro Daily

APA Encourages Psychotherapy First

Fibro Daily October 10, 2012

Anti-depressants continue to be the number one choice of many to treat depression, but the American Psychological Association (APA) is urging people to try psychotherapy before going the anti-depressant route.

Psychotherapy is cost-effective over the long haul. Because it usually ends after a period of time, it also puts an end to the cost of treating depression. This proves easier on the pocket than anti-depressants, which many people take without an end in sight. Furthermore, anti-depressants sometimes produce other issues, such as a hazy feeling or weight gain. Psychotherapy doesn’t present these issues, and seems to work quite effectively if given time.

Fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions involve a large percentage of patents who use anti-depressants to treat their depression. Anti-depressants used to be unheard of among the general population, and now it seems to be an accepted societal norm in the United States whether in conjunction with another illness or not.

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