A recent 2015 complementary medicine research study from the RTI International-University of Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center concluded that there was no difference in the treatment of depression using second generation antidepressants over Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Even though these findings are not new, they still should be treated with caution, as some scientists regard this study as low strength of evidence. For example, commentary from University of Toronto recommended, that both treatments (pharmaceuticals and CBT), “should be made accessible, either alone or in combination, to primary care patients with major depressive disorder.”

Gerald Gartlehner, M.D., associate director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center and principal researcher said, “Given comparable effectiveness, doctors need to discuss advantages and disadvantages of both treatment options with their patients. Such shared and informed decision making might enhance treatment adherence which is one of the main challenges of treating major depressive disorder.”

This strategy of combining treatments is routinely used in Integrative Medicine, so it is time that mainstream doctors consider this approach.

This is another example that treatment of Depression should utilise an Integrative healthcare solution as to improve therapeutic outcomes and overcome the side effects of antidepressants can include constipation, diarrhoea and dizziness and of course the dangers of addiction.

The integrative approach can include pharmaceutical medication (if necessary), plus a selection of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies such as CBT, Acupuncture, Yoga, Homeopathy, Mindfulness Meditation, Dr Darren Weissman’s Life line technique and other CAM therapies.