Cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective treatment for depression, according to a new study from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The study also found that depressive symptoms do not worsen if a patient has to wait months for therapy.
Researchers followed 174 people who completed 18 months of therapy at the University clinic. Most had to wait at least five months or more to enter treatment.
"On completion of therapy, patients reported significantly fewer symptoms than on commencement ," wrote Dr. Amrei Schindler, lead author of the study.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has already proved to be effective in a variety of treatment environments, including residential treatment for eating disorders.