Talking Therapy is as effective as antidepressants

A recent study by researchers from the University of North Carolina and other institutions has found that “patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills” (Mail on Line), Dec 2015. The study compared commonly used modern antidepressants (paroxetine, citalopram and fluoxetine) with cognitive behaviour therapy, a type of talking therapy aimed at helping people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. The study did not say if the talking therapy or antidepressants were effective at preventing depression from returning at some point in the future. Nor did the study say who responds best to which to which type of treatment.

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