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Letters Antidepressants v cognitive behavioural therapies

The problem of accessing psychotherapies for depression in the UK

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i119
  1. Heather Goodare, retired counsellor1
  1. 1Edinburgh EH3 9LL, UK
  1. hm.goodare{at}

The study by Amick and colleagues confirms what many of us have been saying for decades, that talking therapy is as good as antidepressants for treating depression,1 2 and some would say, often better, and without side effects. Never mind that the research looks at cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) only, which although helpful in some contexts tends to concentrate on the …

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