Treat depression early

Treating depression with medication early seems to have long-term benefits, according to an analysis of longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey.

Depressed adults who took antidepressants were three times less likely to be depressed eight years later, compared with depressed adults who didn’t use antidepressants.

The cohort included 486 individuals who were depressed at baseline and 29% were using antidepressants.

They say the results “point to the importance of receiving initial treatment that maximises the likelihood of complete remission of symptoms.