POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 7:53am
UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 10:45am
A new study suggests that even patients who seem to be helped by antidepressants, may not experience a total elimination of depression symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms include: insomnia, difficulty concentrating and sadness.
Participants in the study reported three to 13 residual symptoms of depression, even if their treatment was considered effective.
Researchers said they were surprised that the persistence of a sad mood was reported by 71 percent of the participants that were on medication. Sadness is one of the hallmark symptoms of depression.
One of the researchers said the study shows that doctors need to pay attention to what isn't being treated with the first-line antidepressant, and should consider other options besides drugs to treat the symptoms.
The study was published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.