Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Depression is a common and debilitating mental illness in the U.S. It affects a great number of people and yet often it goes undiagnosed and undertreated. Older adults are especially under-diagnosed because of different presentation in symptoms and increased commodities. Mark, a 55 year old male patient presented with fatigue at the clinic. Fatigue can be a symptom of many conditions. Labs were unremarkable and there were no physical examination findings indicating depression. Patient did not report complete depressive symptoms until PHQ-9 was employed. He was diagnosed with moderate depression, opted for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) over antidepressant medications (ADMs). He was referred to a psychologist for CBT treatment. Studies have shown that CBT is as efficacious as antidepressants medications in treating depression; however the effectiveness of CBT is dependent on the knowledge and experience of the therapists
Ogata, David, "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Antidepressant Medications in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 4692.