Long-Term vs. Short-Term Therapy

Combination of talk and drugs worked best

Survey respondents who took antidepressant medication, either with or without talk therapy, improved more quickly than those who had mostly talk therapy. But the improvement from drug treatment leveled off, regardless of the number of visits at the time of our survey, whereas people who had more talk sessions did better than those who had only a few. Overall, adding talk therapy to treatment produced more improvement.

We measured improvement by combining readers’ own reports of satisfaction with their treatment with the degree of improvement in their emotional condition since the start of therapy, then converting the result to a 100-point scale.

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