Episode 16: Anti-Depressants: Is there a Drug of Choice?
In episode 16 we look at initiating treatment for depression. We briefly review screening and the diagnosis of depression before discussing the non-drug treatment options (therapy, exercise, sleep hygiene). We search for the anti-depressant of choice (being any) and end up deciding to tailor the choice based on factors such as side-effect profile, targeted symptoms, and cost. Although we stress the importance of regular follow-up, James refuses to come to see Mike or Adil.
2) Benefit seen in 1 week with antidepressants
3) No difference between the second generation antidepressants in effect