BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Depression is a problem that affects millions of Americans everyyear. And many suffer in silence.
Among the millions of people who suffer from depression, thereare some for whom treatment is a matter of life and death.
Depression patient "Julie Anne" said, "I do not believe I wouldbe here today if I had not received the right help at thattime."
She needed medication as well as psychotherapy. Antidepressantmedications have been widely prescribed and they may not work foreveryone. A report in last week's Journal of the American MedicalAssociation analyzed six studies that involved more than 700patients and concluded that compared with placebo, the benefit ofantidepressants may be minimal or non-existent in people with onlymild or moderate symptoms. But for those with severe depression,like our patient, the benefit is substantial.
"I can remember awakening about two weeks after I was on thatmedication and feeling alive again. It was the most incredibleexperience. It was like the sun was shining. I had hope again,"said Julie Anne.
Psychologist Dr. Cathleen Carter said, "With medication, themedication lifts that person to the point that they can then dopsychotherapy."
Dr. Carter added, "I know there's some criticism aboutantidepressants, like they're creating these false personalities inpeople. I don't find that."
Julie Anne said, "It's enabling me to have a life; it's enablingme to be who I am."
"If they're realistic about what their aspirations are, if theycan get rid of the depression, or at least minimize it, they canfind out much more about themselves, and how many goals they canmeet," said Dr. Carter.
"Don't give up. Don't give up, because there is help out there,and eventually you will find it, just the way I did," said JulieAnne.
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