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Treating a Minor Depressive Episode

The following treatment guidelines are meant as a reference tool only, and are not intended as treatment advice or to replace the clinical decision-making process of psychiatrists or other health professionals who administer these treatments. In clinical practice there are often good reasons why treatment approaches differ from what is described here.

Follow the same approach as for treating a Major Depressive Episode, though preference should be given to starting with psychotherapy, even though no studies have examined this explicitly. This is because antidepressants tend not to be much more effective than a placebo pill in treating episodes of Depression where the symptoms are more mild [ref].


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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Depression Associated with General Medical Conditions