Anti-Depressants vs counselling

It seems that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) have carried out a study that shows that talking therapies such as counselling are as effective as (correctly used) anti-depressants.  

Research carried out by Danube University looking that a number of randomised controlled trials, covering more than 1500 patients – some taking modern SSRI’s and others undergoing counselling, showed an improvement of around 45% overall in both groups.

The difficultly is that it can take a long time to get counselling, especially through a GP surgery and some people cannot afford to pay for it themselves.  Tablets are much easier to dispense, cheaper and in fact often free to many people.

Maybe the ideal solution is to offer both options to patients and help them choose the right one for them - counselling, anti-depressants or maybe even both together.

The full article can be found at:-  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12039952/anti-depressants-vs-counselling.html