Behavior: Talk Is As Good As a Pill

Nimh Study Shows Psychotherapy Lifts Depression

Many psychotherapists, perhaps most, believe that 1) talk therapy certainly works, but 2) no one will ever be able to prove it. Studies designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of psychotherapies have often bogged down in procedural squabbles and in doubts that anything remotely scientific can rise from such a subjective field. But now therapists have a study to cheer about: a six-year, $10 million effort concluding that talk therapy can be just as good as drug therapy in treating depression. Exultant scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the project, hail it as a "landmark," and Psychiatrist Jerome...

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