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Register for SMI Adviser’s Webinar on Antidepressant Treatment

3/18/2020

Register for SMI Adviser’s free webinar: “Long-Term Antidepressant Treatment: Let’s Look at the Evidence” on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


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What Will It Cover?

People who experience a major depressive episode have at least a 50% chance of having one more episode during their lifetime. If they have had three or more episodes, then they have a 90% chance of another episode. Fortunately, maintenance treatment with antidepressants can lower the risk substantially and have been found superior to placebo substitution in almost all of the long-term studies. Nevertheless, many questions remain:

  • Should one take an antidepressant forever?
  • What are the risks of long-term antidepressant treatment?
  • Can people take drug holidays (periods of time without antidepressants)?
  • If someone had a difficult to treat depression which responded to a combination of an antidepressant and antipsychotic, should they continue to take both medications?
  • What happens if someone is taking long-term antidepressant treatment and then they have another depressive episode?
  • What is the role of psychotherapy in preventing another episode?
  • Can people stop their medication if psychotherapy seems to work?

This webinar will address these questions and review the data, so that participants can make informed decisions about long-term antidepressant treatment.
 

Who Will Be Presenting?

Andrew Nierenberg, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital