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Paper of the Day - No benefit to adding CBT to SSRI for depressed teens

Adding cognitive behavioural therapy to SSRI treatment in adolescents with major depression offers no added benefit, say researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Their study randomised 208 patients with major depression aged between 11 and 17 years to receive an SSRI with or without CBT. Outcomes were assessed and costed at 12 and 28 weeks and there were no significant differences between the groups with and without CBT. Both groups improved by about 20 points on the EuroQol 5D visual analogue scale. Costs were slightly higher in the CBT group.

British Journal of Psychiatry 2007 191: 521-527.

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