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Pharmacological Inteverntions for Dysthymia

Posted by Holliday on May 24, 1999, at 15:09:59

Are the pharmacological interventions for dysthymia
the same as or similar to that for major depression? I
can imagine that ECT would not be indicated for dysthymia,
whereas it might be life-saving for someone with in a
major depressive episode. Analagously, I would not be surprised
to learn that some medicines that would be readily used for
major depression might not be indicated on a cost/benefit basis
for dysthymia, but I have seen little, if anything, in print on
the subject.
I DID read from David Burns, M.D., that MAO inhibitors might
be more efficacious for dysthymia than TCAs or SSRIs used either
alone or in combination. I am not aware of any follow-up studies
supporting this, though.
Any help from the M.D.s out there?




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