CBT for anxiety: how long does the benefit last

Study shows which disorders are likely to respond and for how long

Patients who have done a course of CBT to treat their anxiety still show improvements a year later, a meta-analysis shows.

Psychologist with patient

Furthermore, people with PTSD, generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder appear to continue to benefit after the 12-month mark, but data with such long-term follow-up are scarce, the investigators say.

Dutch researchers examined 69 randomised controlled trials of CBT with at least one month of follow-up, involving a total of more than 4100 participants with a