Cognitive therapy is as effective as antidepressants

A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry shows that severe to moderate depression can be treated effectively with cognitive therapy.

Two hundred and forty depressed patients were treated with either cognitive therapy, drugs or placebo. Patients in the cognitive therapy group attended 50-minute sessions twice weekly for the first four weeks, once or twice weekly for the middle eight weeks, and then once weekly for the final four weeks. Patients in the drug group received Paxil, Lithium, or Desipramine. After 16 weeks, patients in the the two experimental groups showed improvement at close to the same rate, but patients in the therapy group were less likely to relapse upon followup two years later.

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