A new study at Ohio State University found that severely depressed patients benefited much more when the therapist focused on cognitive techniques rather than on changes in behavior (such as a recommendation to go out more). Patients also benefited when they were involved in the treatment plan.
An online article is available at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100512125257.htm
Strunk, D.R., Brotman, M. A. and DeRubeis, R.J. (2010). The process of change in cognitive therapy for depression: Predictors of early inter-session symptom gains. Behaviour Research and Therapy, DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.03.011
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