Medication is often the first line of defense for the public when they face depression or anxiety. However, medication doesn't work for everyone. Only 1/3 receive full relief from medication alone. So what do the other 66% do?
A new piece of research tested whether therapy will work where medication failed. The study recruited people with depression who were not getting better using medication. They took half of these people and had them start Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with trained therapists. They found that the individuals who received Cognitive Behaviour Therapy were over 2.5 times more likely to get better than those who continued with their medication or other treatment. These results continued when the researchers followed up after a year.
Medication has been shown to be a legitimate treatment for depression, but it often fails. There is now evidence that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy offers hope when medication isn't working.
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By Dr. Syras Derksen
Wiles, N., Thomas, L., Abel, A., Ridgway, N., Turner, N., Campbell, J., Garland, A., Hollinghurst, S., Jerrom, B., Kessler, D., Kuyken, W., Morrison, J., Turner, K., Williams, C., Peters, T., Lewis, G. (2013). Cognitive behavioural therapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy for primary care based patients with treatment resistant depression: Results of the CoBalT randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 375-84.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23219570)