There’s plenty of evidence that treatment for depression works, and that people with co-occurring disorders can and do get a whole lot better.
Psychiatrists were encouraged to hold off on a diagnosis of depressive disorder until several months after such a loss.
As a general rule, the better the causes of a disease are understood, the more effective the treatments will be.
The key to treatment success is an integrated approach: One treatment team treats both illnesses using an integrated treatment plan.
Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.
The key question involves which part of the COD population you’re going to serve. It’s not really a homogeneous group.