Talk Therapy Can Ease Depression, But No Single Type Deemed 'Best'

Experts say choice depends on individual patient, treatment availability

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For his part, Bruno agreed that a combination of talk therapy and medication may be best for some people. But what the current review emphasizes, he said, is that talk therapy plays a vital role in depression treatment.

"There's often so much emphasis on medication in depression treatment," Bruno said. "This reminds us how important psychotherapy is."

Hollon noted that in the UK, the government is putting 700 million pounds into training providers in research-supported talk therapies. "In the U.S," he said, "we are increasingly relying on primary care physicians to prescribe medications."

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Learn more about psychotherpy from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

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