A two-year study of 150 panic-disorder patients found that the societal cost of cognitive-behavioral was less than that of CBT plus SSRI or SSRI alone. When looking at the balance between costs and outcomes, the paper concluded, “both CBT and CBT+SSRI led to more positive outcomes than SSRI” alone. The study was published by Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
Apeldoom, F.J.; Stant, A.D.; van Hout, P.J.; Mersch, P.P.A.; den Boer, J.A.; Cost-effectiveness of CBT, SSRI, and CBT+SSRI in the treatment for panic disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Online July 3, 2013