Medication is often the first line of defense for someone afflicted with depression. However, medication doesn’t work for everyone.
Dr. Syras Derksen, a Winnipeg Psychologist, revealed that a new piece of research tested whether therapy will work where medication failed. The study recruited people with depression who were not getting better using medication. They took half of these people and had them start Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with trained therapists. They found that the individuals who received Cognitive Behavior Therapy were over 2.5 times more likely to get better than those who continued with their medication or other treatment. These results continued when the researchers followed up after a year.
Medication has been shown to be a legitimate treatment for depression, but it often fails. There is now evidence that CBT offers hope when medication isn’t working.