How Effective Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression?

Numerous research studies conducted at major universities throughout the world have consistently demonstrated that cognitive-behavioral therapy is as effective as antidepressant medication in the treatment of major depression. Within 20 sessions of individual therapy, approximately 75% of patients experience a significant decrease in their symptoms. The combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy with medication increases the efficacy to 85% in some studies. Moreover, most patients in cognitive-behavioral therapy maintain their improved mood when checked 2 years after ending therapy. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, we hope not only to reduce your symptoms, but to help you learn how to keep those symptoms from coming back.