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Counseling might work best for some with depression

Friday, December 07, 2012

 

The holidays and depression. It's a common combination for many people, but what do you do when drug therapy doesn't work?

When antidepressants alone aren't working, counseling may be just what the doctor orders.

A new study finds those patients may find relief if they also undergo cognitive behavioral therapy.

This study in the journal Lancet found two out of three depressed patients who did not respond fully to antidepressants are three times more likely to improve with cognitive behavioral therapy.

That treatment is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things like people, situations and events.

Scientists say the findings emphasize the importance of investing more in psychological services.

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