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Cognitive behaviour therapy could be even better than previously thought, an influential publication on evidence-based medicine concludes.

The UK's Bandolier journal found that in one study CBT was significantly better than an antidepressant in the treatment of major depression.

In another trial, CBT proved better than 'usual care' for treating panic disorder.

And an Australian study found CBT delivered by psychologists was significantly more cost-effective than SSRIs for treating major depression.

'The reports indicate that cognitive therapy may be better than we have thought,' the review concluded.

Dr Andrew Hershon, a GP with special interest in mental health in Hyde, Manchester, said that while CBT was widely recognised as an effective treatment, availability remain-ed a problem.

He added: 'Another problem is that a lot of GPs are not aware of what CBT is.'

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