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The Two-Sided Face of Antidepressants: The Impact of Their Use on Real-Life Affective Change during Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2016
Pages: 180 - 182
Source ID: shanti-sources-66441
Abstract: Antidepressant medication (AD) is the most often used treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), prescribed to an estimated 73.8% of the MDD patients in care in 2007 [1] . However,many patients with MDD who experience full symptomatic remission after AD treatment still have residual depressive symptoms, which have been associated with continued impaired functioning [2] . The sequential addition of psychotherapy to pharmacotherapy has therefore been considered, and shown, to offer a better possibility of improving long-term outcome in terms of reduced relapse/recurrence [3] . Since positive emotions play a crucial role in the development of long-term personal skills and resources through broadening awareness and behavioural repertoires [4] , it is of interest to examine whether adding psychotherapy to AD treatment has beneficial effects on positive emotional experiences