Basic therapy equal to CBT for mild depression

A therapy for mild depression that can be administered by mental health workers with no professional qualifications is just as effective as CBT, according to a UK study. 

The therapy called behavioural activation (BA) is a simplified form of CBT that involves encouraging patients to plan and follow through on pleasurable and productive activities.

Findings from the UK research of 176 patients who completed 20-24 BA sessions over 16 weeks found no difference in the number of self-reported depression-free days at 12 months compared with 180 patients who