In a recent research study findings published in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology it has been reported that adolescent youth being treated for depression were 2.5 times more likely to have an adequate treatment response when they were treated simultaneously with SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) medication and 9 or more sessions of CBT as compared to youth who were only treated with SSRI medication Or SSRI medication plus less than 9 sessions of CBT.
The study also reported that when problem solving and social skill components were used in CBT the treatment response controlling for all other variables was 2.3 to 2.6 times better.
The study underscores the fact that CBT is one of the better interventions for Depression. The study also highlights the fact that CBT becomes effective when adequate number of sessional treatment is involved. In addition the CBT is more effective for depression when problem solving and social skills too are addressed.
Effective components of TORDIA cognitive–behavioral therapy for adolescent depression: Preliminary findings.
Kennard, Betsy D.; Clarke, Greg N.; Weersing, V. Robin; Asarnow, Joan Rosenbaum; Shamseddeen, Wael; Porta, Giovanna; Berk, Michele; Hughes, Jennifer L.; Spirito, Anthony; Emslie, Graham J.; Keller, Martin B.; Wagner, Karen D.; Brent, David A.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol 77(6), Dec 2009, 1033-1041.