Recently, there was a depression phone therapy study that included 393 depressed men and women. There were two groups – one were given antidepressants and the other were given antidepressants and 10-12 phone therapy sessions over a year.
Those who got the phone therapy!
(The findings appear in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.)
Here are the details…
The study included depression patients enrolled in Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-area health maintenance organization (HMO). They were about 44 years old, on average.
Patients in the phone therapy group got 10-12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy over the course of a year from specially trained counselors with master's degrees in psychology.
The patients and counselors never met in person – just over the phone.
The depression phone therapy sessions were designed to help patients defuse negative thoughts, cultivate pleasant and rewarding activities, and manage their depression symptoms.
"We were surprised at how well the positive effects were maintained over time," researcher Everette Ludman, PhD, says in a Group Health Cooperative news release.
(Ludman is a senior research associate with the Group Health Center for Health Studies.)
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A recent study found that participation in this DRUG-FREE ingredient was comparable to treatment with an antidepressant medication for improving depressive symptoms in older adults diagnosed with major depression. (Blumenthal JA, Babyak MA, Moore KA, et al. Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999; 159(19): 2349-56.) >> What is the most underrated cure for depression? It’s one that your doctor fails to talk about.
Ludman, E. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, April 2007; vol 75.
News release, Group Health Center for Health Studies.