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Anti-depressants are not a cure all for every person suffering from a mood disorder. And now a new study out of Britain suggests that when prescription medications fail to alleviate a patient’s symptoms, intensive cognitive therapy may prove extremely beneficial.

Participating in 12 to 18 cognitive therapy sessions—a method of therapy where patients take responsibility for their emotions and focus on changing their attitude—more than doubled the diminishment of depressive symptoms than patients taking anti-depressants alone, researchers noted.

The study, which was recently reported in the British medical journal The Lancet, looked at a large group of depressed adults

Cognitive therapy is also different from traditional talk therapy, where patients often reflect how they are feeling about certain experiences and situations.

People receiving cognitive therapy were also more likely not to have their depressive symptoms return, noted the researchers.

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