NHS to Give Therapy for Depression Before Medication Under New Guidelines


From The Guardian: “Millions of people with mild depression inĀ EnglandĀ should be offered therapy, exercise, mindfulness or meditation before antidepressants, according to the first new NHS guidelines in more than a decade.

Under draft guidance, theĀ National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends the ‘menu of treatment options’ be offered to patients by health professionals before medication is considered.

Currently, those with mild depression are offered antidepressants or a high-intensity psychological intervention, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The shake-up forms part of the first new recommendations to identify, treat and manage depression in adults since 2009.”

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