While depression is often treated with anti-depressant medication, there is good evidence that cognitive therapies are also effective. These are 'talking therapies' which aim to help people with depression to minimise the impact of negative thoughts and develop strategies for coping with difficult feelings or situations.
There are a range of these therapies, but this Highlight looks at new evidence relating to two types: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). The NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme has improved access to these therapies, although availability is still variable and there are waiting lists in some areas.
The findings boiled down, alongside practical questions for healthcare professionals and patients.
For patients with mild to moderate depression, could help be a few mouse clicks away?
Could mindfulness-based CBT offer an alternative to continuing anti-depressants?
people affected by depression at some point during their lifetime.
the cost to health services from depression per year in the UK.
recurrence rate for people who have experienced several periods of depression.
Patient, June 3rd
Cynthia Joyce, June 3rd
Patient, June 2nd
Jo Rycroft-Malone and Willem Kuyken, June 3rd