Dr. Robert DeRubeis from the University of Pennsylvania presents to the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus on The Treatment of Depression: What Works, When, and Why.
Watch as Dr. DeRubeis discusses his surprising and somewhat controversial findings on how a study that looked at how antidepressant medication affects people with varying degrees of depression. Millions of people suffer from depression, and subsequently are treated with antidepressant medications. Research has shown that medication treatments are extremely effective. In fact, the only approach proven more effect in treating patients with severe depression is electroconvulsive therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) also appears to be a good treatment option for people struggling with depression, but the effectiveness of the treatment has been subjected to less empirical testing. Hear Dr. DeRubeis answer essential questions such as “what gets people better faster?” and “what keeps depression at bay over the long term?”