How effective are relaxation techniques for depression?
A major weakness in the trials was the lack of measurement of functional outcomes. Inconsistent effects were found when comparing relaxation techniques to medication, and there were few data available comparing relaxation with complementary and lifestyle treatments.
Many members of the public have negative attitudes towards antidepressants. Psychological interventions are more acceptable but require considerable therapist training. Acceptable psychological interventions that require less training and skill are needed to ensure increased uptake of interventions. A potential intervention of this sort is relaxation techniques – a simple psychological treatment that can be administered after brief training.