The British Medical Journal published a study which found that there is no difference in treatment effects of second generation antidepressants and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) either alone or in combination, for patients with major depressive disorder.
Gerald Gartlehner, Head of Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Danube University says they analysed the results of 11 randomised controlled trials and the best results they found was on cognitive behavioural therapy rather than antidepressants.
Gartlehner says that physicians should give patients choice between drugs or psychotherapy and they should explain the benefits and harms of each treatment.
Antidepressants are not harmless medication. About 60 to 70 percent of all people who take antidepressants experience side effects and some of the side effects are severe suicidal thoughts.— Gerald Gartlehner, Head of Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology
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