Doctors Told to Suggest Meditation, Self-Help Before Drugs to People With Mild Depressionon November 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

People suffering from less severe depression should be offered a range of options before being given anti-depressants, doctors in the UK have been told. Therapy, self-help with support, group exercise, group mindfulness, or meditation are among the list of options patients can choose that are preferable to drugs, according to draft guidance published on Tuesday by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The new guidance, which is subject to consultation, told doctors treating mild depression not to “routinely offer anti-depressants as a first-line treatment, unless that is the person’s preference.” In a diagram of 11 options that doctors are expected to go through with patients who do not have a preference, anti-depressants came in at ninth place. Group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which focuses on how thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and behaviour interact, could be offered as a first treatment, doctors were told. Another intervention suggested by NICE’s guidelines committee was …

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