If you have depression, you (or your doctor) may think of therapy and antidepressant drugs as alternative treatments that solve the same problem. But a new study supports the idea that each works a different way in the brain.
One of the most important discoveries in medicine these days is that drugs work differently for different people. This is true for antidepressants. More importantly, some aren’t meant to be taken long term and it’s possible to build immunity to others. That’s besides the side effects.
There is some indication that people who are taking medication while receiving therapy may attribute most of their improvement to the medication. Which is a problem if you then stop the medication.
So there are some reasons not to do both, although those reasons vary by person and condition.