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Antidepressant medication management

In any given year, millions of Americans experience depression. Without treatment, depression can last years, seriously impair daily functioning causing significant hardship for individuals and their loved ones, and in some cases lead to suicide.

Medications can help. The acute phase of treatment seeks to induce remission; the continuation phase preserves remission; and the maintenance phase protects against another major depressive episode.

Patient population: Patients 18 years of age and older undergoing pharmacotherapy for major depression.

Quality Goal: Ensure patients remain on antidepressant medication.

  • Patients in the acute phase should adhere to treatment for at least 84 days (12 weeks).
  • Patients in the continuation phase should remain on antidepressant medication for at least 180 days (6 months).

What can you do for your patients with depression?

  • Let patients know what to expect from medication: how long it may take to work, possible side effects, length of treatment, and so on.
  • Carefully monitor patients regarding their response to medication as well as to side effects.
  • Continually monitor patients for suicide risk.
  • Help patients think of things they can do that will remind them to take their medication.

Provider Resources

Patient Resources

24/7 Crisis Line

Let your patients know that they can get confidential help for mental health emergencies by calling
855-CRISIS-1 or 855-274-7471

Behavioral Health Consultation and Referral Line

Speak with an expert M-F 9-5 (ET)