Talk therapies 'as good as drugs' to prevent relapse in major depression

The option should be more widely used as an alternative to long-term antidepressant use, reviewers say

Psychological interventions are just as effective as antidepressants in preventing major depression disorder (MDD) relapse after tapering the drugs, according to the first systematic review on the topic.

And the findings provide further evidence that a combination of the two approaches significantly reduces the risk of relapse when compared with taking antidepressants alone.

The research team, led by the University of Amsterdam, included 11 trials involving a total of 1559 participants in their systematic review and meta-analysis