Monday, 14 December 2015

Is the Effectiveness of CBT Fading? by James Pretzer

"A recent meta-analysis published under the provocative title “The Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an Anti-Depressive Treatment is Falling: A Meta-Analysis” (Johnsen & Friborg, 2015) has provoked considerable discussion (and some gloating on the Internet by those who are opposed to CBT). The authors computed the effect-sizes found in 70 studies of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression published between 1977 and 2014 and concluded “the effects of CBT have declined linearly and steadily since its introduction.” What’s going on here? Is CBT becoming less effective for some reason? Do we need to abandon CBT and try other ways of treating depression?"