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Two may be better than one when treating depression

Two may be better than one when treating depression

| Jul 19, 2017 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions |

When a person is living with depression, merely getting out of bed in the morning can be next to impossible. The future seems dull, bleak and hopeless. What can be more frustrating is to actively seek help only to find the antidepressant given isn’t working. It used to be the case that if one antidepressant did not help a person with depression, the person would be given a different one, and another, et cetera, until they fell upon the “right” one. However, New Jersey residents may be interested to hear that a new study claims that this might not be the most effective way to treat depression.

The study examined over 1,500 people with depression. It found that these people experienced more relief from symptoms if they were given either a second antidepressant or an antipsychotic medication, along with the first antidepressant, instead of quitting the first antidepressant altogether.

Of the patients studied, 29 percent of those who were administered Abilify, which is an antipsychotic, as well as their first antidepressant for three months found almost full relief from their symptoms. Twenty-seven percent of those studied who were administered buproprion, which is an antidepressant, as well as their first antidepressant found almost full relief from their symptoms. In comparison, only 22 percent of those who completely substituted one antidepressant for another found almost full relief from their symptoms. Researchers noted that under one-third of the 16 million people in the United States suffering from depression found relief from their illness with the first antidepressant they were administered.

Despite the promising results of this study, it is important to remember that depression can be very difficult to treat. People with depression can lose interest in even the most basic of activities. They could lose their appetite and have problems sleeping, making it so they have little energy. They may feel sad, guilty or worthless. They may even become suicidal. When these symptoms cannot be effectively treated, it can be very disrupting on a person’s life. The Social Security Administration recognizes this and includes depressive disorders in its Listing of Impairments, meaning that those with depression can seek Social Security disability benefits. Doing so can be complicated, however, so it can help to have the assistance of an attorney throughout the process.