Research Digest: When psychotherapy make people feel worse

We hear a lot about the unwelcome side-effects of psychiatric drugs, but not so much about the fact that therapy can also leave people feeling worse than they did already. Data is thin on the ground, but best estimates suggest that between 5 to 10 per cent of therapy clients experience a worsening of their symptoms.

A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog provides further evidence, from the clients' perspective, about the prevalence of harmful therapy experiences, with around 1 in 20 of thousands of participants saying that they had experienced "lasting bad effects" from the therapy they received.