I am not sure where the news is in this statement, but researchers in Toronto just published the results of a study that concluded, “Mild emotional stress or sadness can reactivate depressive thinking in patients with a history of depression, which may increase the risk of relapse.”

Probably of greatest interest is the finding that those who received antidepressant medication alone showed a poorer response following an event that caused a sad mood than people who received cognitive behavioral therapy.

I asked Dr. Irene of Dr. Irene’s Verbal Abuse (Site) to comment. She said, “it is well known that although the benefits of CBT take longer to become evident, the results are more durable in the face of the inevitable life events that will lead to sad feelings.”

7/20/06 14:49 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.