NHS to give therapy for depression before medication under new guidelines
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NHS to give therapy for depression before medication under new guidelines

Draft guidance says ‘menu of treatment options’ including CBT and mindfulness should offered in less severe cases

Millions of people with mild depression in England should be offered therapy, exercise, mindfulness or meditation before antidepressants, according to the first new NHS guidelines in more than a decade.

Under draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends the “menu of treatment options” be offered to patients by health professionals before medication is considered.

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