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The article, The Myth of “Evidence-Based” Treatment of Depression from Psychology Today, focuses on the claim that “talk-therapy” (CBT, ACT, IPT, etc.) is just as, if not more effective than treatment with medication or a combination of treatments for patients with depression. I found this article particularly interesting as it shows how practicing clinical/research psychologists may disagree with accepted sources such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is specifically mentioned and criticized in this article.Stressed throughout the article is the fact that psychotherapy is extremely individualized and must be taken care of on a case by case basis. The generalizations made in regards as to the proper way to treat various mental disorders cause many to receive improper treatments as psychologists or other medical professionals with less experience use them as a resource. Psychotherapy patients also often make the most progress when some of their most prominent symptoms are somewhat reduced by medications. This rejects the theory that psychotherapy alone is more effective as a treatment.  However, if an evidence-based practice is “an approach that tries to specify the way in which professionals or other decision-makers should make decisions by identifying such evidence that there may be for a practice and rating it according to how scientifically sound it may be,” then where is this evidence coming from? In terms of research on depression treatment, the incorrectly determined results are due to patients not being given the correct type of medication. If a patient is given a medication that does not work properly with their body chemistry, of course, the data is going to show that there is no effect.Through questioning individuals with depression, using sets of generic questions, psychologists were able to identify whether there was a dopamine or serotonin deficiency, thus allowing for the proper medical prescription. This shows how neuroscience and behavior are linked and why it is important to pay attention to both as they each can affect the other. It also shows that if research doesn’t take everything into consideration (i.e. alternate medications) then the results are likely to be bias and/or incorrect.

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