Psychotherapy Found as Effective for Depression as Medication

Abstract: A nice meta-analysis of treatments for major depression by primary care clinicians. The authors point out multiple limitations of their studies, but for what it’s worth, once again cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) looks as good as antidepressants, and does not cause side effects. A problem with CBT is that it is expensive, time consuming, and not always available.

This meta-analysis again confirms the effectiveness of psychotherapy for depression. However, I don’t agree with their last sentence that therapy is expensive (health insurance companies often cover this treatment), time consuming (as short-term psychotherapy is quite effective) or difficult to find (most psychologists are well versed in CBT, as well as other strategies and techniques in treating depression).

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~ by ppdsus on February 25, 2016.

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