Examining the link between depression and loss of employment, a study by American researchers in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that cognitive therapy was more strongly positively linked to employment than antidepressants, and the impact increased over time. Following 141 treatment responders from a previous study, the researchers found that, after four months there was little difference between the two groups, but after 28 months, 88.9% of the people who’d been involved in cognitive therapy were employed, while 70.8% of the people taking antidepressants were. “Cognitive therapy may produce greater improvements in employment v. medication, particularly over the longer term,” the researchers concluded.
Gains in employment status following antidepressant medication or cognitive therapy for depression (Fournier, Jay et al. British Journal of Psychiatry. Published online ahead of print June 12, 2014, doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.133694)