Harvard Mental Health Letter January 2009: Further information

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References for "Benefitting from mental health parity"

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Options for treatment-resistant depression

For people who do not respond successfully to medication as treatment for depression, electroconvulsive therapy may be a viable option, though some patients are reluctant to try the treatment due to its possible side effects. (Locked) More »

Benefiting from mental health parity

The federal government has enacted a mental health parity law intended to provide greater financial protection for people in need of mental health treatment. A separate law has also established similar protections for Medicare patients. More »

Alcohol abstinence vs. moderation

People who seek treatment for alcohol dependence sometimes attempt to drink in moderation rather than abstain altogether. The success of this approach largely depends on whether the patient has already established a high degree of dependence. More »