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Four potential criteria for deciding when to use antidepressants or psychotherapy for unipolar depression: A literature review
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
  • Christopher F. Sharpley, University of New England
  • Vicki Bitsika, Bond University
Date of this Version
3-1-2011
Document Type
Journal Article
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Sharpley, C. F. & Bitsika, V. (2011). Four potential criteria for deciding when to use antidepressants or psychotherapy for unipolar depression: A literature review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 15 (1), 2-11.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 110319

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Abstract
Objective: To evaluate the literature supporting four potential criteria for deciding whether to use psychotherapy or pharmacology when treating depression.Method: Literature review of the evidence from the last 10 years on presenting patient’s demographics, aetiology, comorbidity, and genetic factors, as predictors of treatment outcome efficacy.Results: Demographic information has little support as a potential criteria for decision-making; aetiology (melancholic vs. non-melancholic) has significant support; presence of personality disorder comorbidity is unproven as a criterion but may have some value; genetic predisposition has the strongest evidence supporting it as a criteria for treatment decision-making.Conclusion: Although some presenting cases will be easier to classify than others, there are substantial data supporting the screening of patients according to three of these criteria.
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Christopher F. Sharpley and Vicki Bitsika. "Four potential criteria for deciding when to use antidepressants or psychotherapy for unipolar depression: A literature review" International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2011) p. 2 - 11 ISSN: 1365-1501
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vicki_bitsika/29/