Researchers (including Irving Kirsch) in the U.S., Israel and the U.K. find that a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants may provide a slight benefit over alternative therapies or active intervention controls, whereas either alone did not. The authors conclude that the type of treatment “is less important than getting depressed patients involved in an active therapeutic program.” Results appeared online in PLoS One.
Khan, A. Faucett, J., Lichtenberg, P., Kirsch, I., Brown, W., A Systematic Review of Comparative Efficacy of Treatments and Controls for Depression. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e41778. Epub 2012 Jul 30.