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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Elyse Watkins

Abstract

Abstract

Purpose: The primary purpose of the article is the review the effectiveness of using a combination of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder instead of the traditional approach that involves the independent use of either pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy.

Method: Designated search terms for the study were used to locate relevant studies pertaining to the management of major depression from EBSCO, PubMed, CINAHL, and Google Scholar databases. The sources were retrieved from the sites after meeting the pre-determined condition and the criteria of expectation for use.

Results: The prevalence and high incidences of major depressive disorder necessitates the need to use better-suited approaches in the interest of getting better results in the care approaches. Using pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy as a lone framework of intervention does not yield more effective results relative to the conditions of the individuals served, the reason for the recommendation to explore the use of a combination of the two methods.

Conclusion: The expectation of positive outcomes in the treatment and containment of the observed incidences of major depressive disorder justifies the need for effective approaches with the potential to get the best-fit results to improve the conditions of the populations targeted. Combining both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy presents a double-effect approach in which the causative events linked to the onset of major depressive disorder will be effectively addressed to define the extent of positive results that would be realized. Identifying an intervention approach that would yield the ideal results is the primary concern of the approach relative to the anticipated value.

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