"Patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills," says the Mail Online, reporting on a study comparing two commonly-used treatments.
The research compared modern antidepressants v such as paroxetine, citalopram and fluoxetine, with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)– a type of talking therapy aimed at helping people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving.
It found both treatments worked more or less equally well for the initial treatment of people with moderate to severe depression. However, the study did not say if either treatment was effective at preventing depression from returning at some point in the future or who responds best to which type of treatment.
The authors of the review, which included 11 studies involving 1,511 patients, concluded that people should be offered a choice of treatment.
NICE guidelines recommend that people in the UK with moderate to severe depression should be offered a combination of an antidepressant and a talking therapy such as CBT or interpersonal therapy.
"None of us are immune to the possibility of suffering mental illness in our lifetimes" read John Rouse's blog on mental health and talking therapies.
Find out more about Talking Therapies by coming along to the Mental Health Forum meeting taking place at CVA's Resource Centre on 27 January 2016, starting at 9.30am.