- A meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry (Nov 1997) showed that whereas combined psychotherapy-pharmacotherapy interventions were not as effective as psychotherapy alone for cases of mild depression, it was found to have better effect in treating severe and recurrent depressions.
- Another similar meta-analysis confirmed that a combination of psychotherapy with pharmacological intervention is most efficacious in treating depression (JAMA Psychiatry, July 2004).
- When cognitive therapy was compared to antidepressant treatment for moderate to major depression they were found to have similar positive effect, greater than placebo (JAMA Psychiatry, April 2005). Those patients therefore, who are unresponsive to antidepressant intervention or are otherwise averse to taking medication may be referred out for cognitive therapeutic intervention.
- In comparing interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) with other treatments, including pharmacotherapy, via a 38-study meta-analysis, this form of psychotherapy performed overwhelmingly better than the rest (The American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2011)
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