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Patients With Severe Depression May Benefit Equally from CBT, Antidepressants

Previous studies have shown psychotherapies, in particular cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to be just as effective as pharmacotherapies in treating mild to moderate symptoms of depression. But, less is known about the relative effectiveness of psychotherapy compared with pharmacotherapy in populations with severe depression, and current guidelines recommend that antidepressant medications are used for the treatment of severe depression in the context of major depressive disorder. Now, a meta-analysis published today in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that only a modest difference is seen in the effectiveness between the two therapies among patients...


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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 23 September, 2015

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