The Challenges of Improving Treatments for Depression

Pim Cuijpers*

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Abstract

In the past few decades substantial progress has been made in the research and development of treatments for major depression. Many different types of medications and psychotherapy are currently available and rigorous studies have shown that antidepressants are more effective than placebo,1 and several types of psychotherapies are more effective than waiting list or other controls.2 These findings suggest that many patients with depression can be successfully treated. Based on these significant and positive effects, many of these treatments are included in treatment guidelines and are widely used in clinical practice. However, not all patients with depression recover with available treatments and several important challenges need to be resolved to improve existing treatments and to increase the number of patients who benefit from them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2529-2530
Number of pages2
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume320
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2018

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