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CBT can benefit patients with severe depression, say researchers

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j336 (Published 20 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j336
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Patients with the most severe depression can expect to get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as those with less severe symptoms, a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has found.1

Psychotherapies have traditionally been believed to be better suited to treating people with mild depression. But the influence of symptom severity has not been studied …

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