Our expert says:
I suppose it depends, in part, in what one means by "symptoms." But in my view, yes, medications and CBT would be the best approach. Drugs can be really useful in bringing specific symptoms and the broad areas of depression under control. But where as is ofen the case, a person has a wide range of unpleasant problems in real life, either contributing to the depression, or caused by it, it is naive to expect the chemicals alone to sort everything out.
And as in the situation you describe, there is a major element of what we could call negative and gloomy habits of thought, then CBT is clearly called for, and the combination should be much more likely to be sucessful.
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