8 Dec 2012

Therapy seen as reducing symptoms of depression

7:53 am on 8 December 2012

Cognitive behavioural therapy can reduce symptoms of depression in people who fail to respond to drug treatment, according to a study in the Lancet.

CBT, a type of psychotherapy, was found to benefit nearly half of the 234 patients who received it combined with normal care from their GP.

Up to two-thirds of people with depression do not respond to anti-depressants.

CBT is a form of talking psychotherapy to help people with depression change the way they think to improve how they feel and alter their behaviour.