Research from the New York State Psychiatric Institute is mapping a worrying trend - that it is becoming quicker and easier to medicate people than to offer them the option of psychotherapy, which is proven to be just as - if not more than - effective as pills alone.
“While progress is being made in increasing the availability of depression care, a mismatch is opening up between clinical evidence and practice,” Olfson cautioned. “For many depressed adults and youth, a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants is the most effective approach. Yet, only about one-third of treated patients receive both treatments, and the proportion receiving both treatments is declining over time. Efforts should be made to increase the availability of psychotherapy for depression.”"