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Is there any evidence that supports the idea that a severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT?

Since, it's in severe state, and one has to use anti-depressants to lower the level, and then obviously CBT can help reduce a moderate to low level depression. Is a severe depression/anxiety too strong to be healed by CBT, and it makes the usage of anti-depressants necessary?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean with CBT cognitive behavioral therapy? Could you explain the acronym at least once in your post? $\endgroup$ – AliceD Jun 22 '16 at 18:40
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Yes, that is the consensus view among psychiatrists and clinical psychologists (e.g., Parker et al., 2012). A commonly referenced authoritative guideline for treatment of major depressive disorder is the NICE guide.

Reference
Parker et al., Acta Psychiatr Scand (2013); 128(4): 271-81

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  • $\begingroup$ A study done with only 18 people over only 3 months, to me, doesn't seem to be even close to convincing. $\endgroup$ – William Oliver Apr 12 at 17:53

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