Cognitive behavioural therapy equally effective in treating all severities of depression
Patients with severe depression can get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as those with mild or moderate depression, new study results suggest.
A team of international researchers analysed data from 509 patients who took part in five clinical trials of CBT for depression. They found that patients who were severely depressed responded just as well as those with mild or moderate depression.
Traditionally, people with severe depression have been treated with medication, as CBT was not thought to be effective for this group.
But the researchers said the difference in efficacy between medication and CBT across the wide range of severity was ‘small enough to allow value judgements and preferences of individual patients to play a major...
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