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Cognitive therapy as effective as drugs for depres

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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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