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Talk Therapy Boosts Response to Antidepressants

December 11, 2012|Counseling & Psychotherapy

Recent research adds to what we already know about treating depression: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for depression available today.

A recent study showed that a significant number of patients being treated for depression with only antidepressants don’t experience sufficient benefit or reduction in symptoms of depression. But, for those patients, adding talk therapy – in this case CBT – proved effective in reducing symptoms and improving their mood.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression, many treatment options are available including psychotherapy (CBT) and medication.

Excerpts from article:

Among patients who dont respond to antidepressants, adding talk therapy to their prescription appears to ease depressive symptoms, a new study found.

In a randomized controlled trial, adding cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT to drug therapy was associated with a more than threefold increased likelihood of response to treatment after six months, Dr. Nicola Wiles of the University of Bristol in England and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.

via Talk Therapy Boosts Response to Antidepressants – ABC News.

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