Talking Therapy Beats Drugs in Tackling Depression

Bristol University says cognative therapy & drugs are better than drugs alone

So says says a new report, as released from Reuters yesterday and published in The Lancet.

In the first large-scale trial to test the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, alongside medication for depression, scientists said they found that the combination works where drug treatment alone fails

The study compared those diagnosed with depression split into two trial groups, one just with drugs and one with drugs and with cognative therapy (or CT). Improved symptoms were found to be in 22% versus 46% respectively, showing a distinct benefit to those having talking therapy in addition to anti-depressant drugs.

The report concludes that these therapies should be more widely available. It did not state whether the CT should be used to reduce drug use.

This is obviously a popular story with the same report being reproduced all around the world. WHO estimates say that major deprerssion may one day rival heart disease as the #1 health concern. Over 20% of world populations are estimated to suffer at least once in their lifetimes.

Within the family of Cognative Therapy,  you may find CBT (cognative behavoural therapy) and CAT (cognative analytic therapy) which differs because CAT is rooted in cultural and social process whereas CBT can be seen as a one-size-fits-all (a monadic) model. Cognative analytic therapy emphasises the patient’s circumstance – place and meaning –  putting into perspective the symptoms, mood, behaviour and relationship with their own values and understanding.

Therapies will vary and your therapist will help guide you after an initial discussion. Please see our main website for more details – the right therapy.