Diligence fixes depression


Beating depression is like buying shoes: You have to keep trying new options until you find the right fit. According to a new 3,671-person study-the nation's largest ever on depression treatments-only 37% reported relief with the first method, the drug citalopram, which belongs to the class of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. It took three more tries for a total of 67% of the patients to recover.

"Most treatments take up to 12 weeks to fully kick in," says Madhukar Trivedi, MD, director of the mood disorders program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Consider tracking your moods with the same survey study volunteers used and discussing the results with your physician. (Find it at www.prevention.com/links).


By Sarí Harrar

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