Mental health

Relaxation training

Question 5: Is relaxation training better (more effective than/as safe as) than treatment as usual in adults with depressive episode/disorder?

  • Population: adults with depressive episode/disorder
  • Interventions: relaxation training
  • Comparison: treatment as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • symptom severity post intervention
    • functioning post intervention
    • symptom severity at 6 to 12 months follow-up
    • adverse effects (including tolerability).


Relaxation training may be considered as treatment of adults with depressive episode/disorder. In moderate and severe depression, this intervention should be considered as adjunct to antidepressants or structured brief psychological treatments.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

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