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Do I need talk therapy while I'm taking an anti-depressant?

By April 22, 2008 - 2:05pm
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My doctor put me on Zoloft because I've been depressed and I'm wondering if I should also see a therapist for talk therapy. My doctor said that I'll start feeling better in 2-3 weeks, just with the medication. Has anyone had success with just taking an anti-depressant? Is talk therapy necessary?

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talk therapy can help! But consider group therapy led by Dr. I attended a group years ago and it gave me insite into people and their isssues with various mental problems.

May 30, 2008 - 9:26am

I've never been on meds or gone to therapy *yet! ha!* but I would say talk therapy should be first, and medication second! Then perhaps a combination. Talk therapy should never be pushed aside.

I'd like to hear more from others too - is one 'better' than the other or does someone probably need both?

April 23, 2008 - 1:07pm

Congrats on taking charge of your health!

I have not used an anti-depressant, but have gone to counseling in various times of my life (mainly during transitions in my life).

I highly recommend "talk therapy" with a really good therapist that you "connect" with! I found that it helped me get through my sadness and gain a new "outsider's" perspective on my life. I also think that you have to believe in therapy to work; if you're not invested in the talk therapy, it may not work well...it's definitely one of those "you get out of it, what you put into it."

We would love to hear more...do you think talk therapy would work for you?

April 22, 2008 - 2:59pm
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