Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Adjunctive Psychotherapy for Depression Studied Findings suggest addition of psychotherapy does not increase remission over medication alone

Adjunctive psychotherapy added to antidepressant medications for patients with chronic depression did not increase the proportion of patients achieving remission, according to a study in the November issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

James H. Kocsis, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues treated chronically depressed patients using a two-phase treatment protocol with phase one consisting of an antidepressant medication used in accordance with a pharmacotherapy algorithm. After phase one, patients not achieving remission were randomized to 12 weeks of either continued medication and the addition of the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy, continued medication and the addition of brief supportive psychotherapy, or optimized medication alone.


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