Consumer Reports: Does Therapy Help?

In the November 1995 issue of Consumer Reports you will find the results of their extensive study on psychotherapy.

In the November 1995 issue of Consumer Reports you will find the results of their extensive study on psychotherapy. The findings include:

  • "People were just as satisfied and reported similar progress whether they saw a social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Those who consulted a marriage counselor, however, were somewhat less likely to fee they'd been helped."
  • "Readers who sought help from their family doctor tended to do well. But people who saw a mental-health specialist for more than six months did much better."
  • "Psychotherapy alone worked as well as psychotherapy combined with medication, like Prozac or Xanax. Most people who took drugs like those did feel they were helpful, but many people reported side effects."
  • "The longer people stayed in therapy, the more they improved. This suggests that limited mental-health insurance coverage, and the new trend in health plans--emphasizing short-term therapy--may be misguided."
  • "Most people who went to a self-help group were very satisfied with the experience and said they got better. People were especially grateful to Alcoholics Anonymous, and very loyal to that organization."

The above quoted from Consumer Reports, Nov. 1995, p. 734.

 

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