Patients don’t want to take pills – they want therapy, they want to talk through their problems. Once patients do start taking medication, they often don’t take it correctly or for long enough. They ‘quit’. I have seen patients struggle with depression for years.
What fraction of your patients with MDD have residual symptoms, when they have responded to antidepressant treatment?
Most patients do not get back to their ‘usual self’.
How do you treat your patients with MDD?
In my private practice, in addition to drugs, patients are offered group therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and hypno-CBT (HCBT), all of which are very popular.
It is frustrating to be unable to fix the situation that my patients find themselves in – including economic problems and lack of employment. We passionately desire peace and equality – in treatments, opportunity and life.