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New Guiedelines for Treatment of Depression
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American Psychiatric Association Issues Suggestions on Medication and Talk Therapy

Oct. 1, 2010 -- Updated guidelines for the treatment of clinical depression include suggestions on the use of medication , talk therapy, exercise, and alternative treatments, while urging doctors to more closely assess symptoms and tailor treatments to the patient.
The American Psychiatric Association released the guidelines on major depressive disorder Friday, the first update in 10 years.
Before the release of the new guidelines, an independent panel of depression treatment experts with no ties to industry reviewed the guidelines for any bias, says Joel Yager, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, and chair of the American Psychiatric Association's steering committee on practice guidelines.
The final document, Yager tells WebMD, is a ''verification and validation of the best way to treat depression." The group took five years to research and create the guidelines, Yager says.
Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, the CDC reported this week. About 3.4% of those meet the criteria for major depression , the type addressed in the guidelines.



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