Depression: Group Therapy Effective as Drugs, Study Finds

alone-513525_1280Group therapy may work as well as medication to help keep depression from returning for patients who have already taken drugs to control symptoms, a British study suggests.

Researchers studied what’s known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, a combination of group counseling sessions and meditation exercises.

For people with a history of severe depression, researchers found that replacing drugs with this type of therapy might work as well as continued treatment with medication.

These findings add to a growing body of evidence that suggests group therapy can successfully keep depression symptoms in check, said Dr. William Marchand, a psychiatrist at the University of Utah. Full Story.

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