Why risk with antidepressant pills when comparative studies show CBT is equally effective?
Recent evidence reveals that administered antidepressants increase suicide risks by 2-5 times. 
Cognitive behavioural therapy halves the risk of repeated suicide attempts. 
A recent meta-analysis, level I evidence, clearly demonstrated that SSRIs double the risk of suicide and violence in adults. 
Furthermore, antidepressants increase all cause mortality by 33%! 
Another meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that even patients with the most severe depression can expect to get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as those with less severe symptoms. 
Even Behavioural Activation effectively decreases depressive symptoms. 
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