Learning From Patient Experiences in Major Depressive Disorder

Joseph Goldberg, MD

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September 27, 2022

Joseph Goldberg, MD, reveals important lessons that he learned from his patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). One lesson is that "life is a big stress test" and, in this context, the treatment of patients with MDD isn't just about running down a list of symptoms but also assessing the patient's capacity for resilience, coping with adversity, and real-world problem-solving.

Dr Goldberg stresses that there is not one single approach to managing a patient's MDD, but an ongoing process of incremental improvement. As an example of this idea, Dr Goldberg reflects on a patient for whom ongoing psychotherapy combined with a pharmacologic approach allowed the patient to "not just rise to the occasion and rally, but to actually problem-solve."

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