The April, 2016, issue Psychiatric Annals includes, “Use of Psychotherapy in Treatment-Resistant Depression.” The abstract notes that up to 20% of patients with depression suffer from TRD, and the authors advocate for the benefits of including psychotherapy in the TRD treatment plan.
They also report that a common barrier to use of psychotherapy for TRD is problems with “access,” which seems likely to mean that MDs do not have access to psychologists and other mental health professionals who can provide psychotherapy. The abstract ends with, “ Clinicians are encouraged to incorporate psychotherapy in TRD treatment as early as possible to avoid worsening symptom chronicity.”
We are able to access the abstract for free, but access to the full article costs $30.
mhconcierge.com’s take: This article may be used to market our services to PCPs and to encourage them to consider adding a psychotherapy referral for their patients with TRD.
This article comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, Ph.D.