A recent meta-analysis (May 2015) by Johnsen, T. J., & Friborg, O. has raised quite a stir. Their research paper analyzed 70 studies conducted between 1977 and 2014, and concluded that CBT is roughly half as effective in treating depression as it used to be. Articles by Vaughan Bell in the blog, MindHacks, and by Olver Burkeman of The Guardian, recently offered some intriguing perspectives on the results of this large-scale analysis.
This study examined the anxiety levels of gifted students, as well as the effectiveness of EFT and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) in their ability to help reduce anxiety for gifted children and adolescents. The participants who received EFT from a licensed social worker, showed a statistically significant reduction in total anxiety levels than the CBT group..
In preliminary clinical trials involving more than 29,000 patients from 11 allied treatment centers in South America during a 14-year period, a variety of randomized, double-blind pilot studies were conducted. In one of these, approximately 5,000 patients diagnosed at intake with an anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to an experimental group (tapping) or a control group (cognitive behavior therapy /medication). Brain scans are noted demonstrating the differences between groups.