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Cognitive therapy as effective as drugs for depres

Discussion in 'Girlie Gossip' started by Snowbaby, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    Cognitive therapy may work as well as antidepressants in the early phases of treating depression, a US study showed.

    In a study of 240 patients, researchers found that cognitive therapy, a type of treatment that teaches patients to think more realistically, worked as well as a popular antidepressant for moderate to severe depression, University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded in a study published Monday.

    However, the findings do not support the current American Psychiatric Association guidelines which recommend medication at that stage.

    Lead researchers Robert DeRubeis, a Penn psychologist, and Steven Hollon at Vanderbilt argued that the American Psychiatric Association should change its treatment guidelines for moderate to severe depression.

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