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Vol 13, No 2 (2016)
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Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy — can it be combined?

Władysław Sterna, Anna Sterna
Psychiatria 2016;13(2):84-91.

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Vol 13, No 2 (2016)
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Abstract

As the progress in psycho-pharmacological research goes, one began to emphasize the sense of combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as a parallel treatment methods. Such an approach, in the light of the recent knowledge is proving to be more effective in treating schizophrenia, major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dysthymia, bulimia and addiction to nicotine. In the reviewed studies there is a recomendiation to combine psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in such disorders as somatization disorder, borderline personality or erectile dysfunction. Pharmacotherapy is combined with different types of psychotherapy: cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy and others. Combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, both in an integrated and split approach becomes an increasingly common method of mental disorders’ treatment. The author presents the views on combining the pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, summarizes the arguments of supporters and opponents of this approach and points to the problems resulting from the combination of both methods.

Abstract

As the progress in psycho-pharmacological research goes, one began to emphasize the sense of combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as a parallel treatment methods. Such an approach, in the light of the recent knowledge is proving to be more effective in treating schizophrenia, major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dysthymia, bulimia and addiction to nicotine. In the reviewed studies there is a recomendiation to combine psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in such disorders as somatization disorder, borderline personality or erectile dysfunction. Pharmacotherapy is combined with different types of psychotherapy: cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy and others. Combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, both in an integrated and split approach becomes an increasingly common method of mental disorders’ treatment. The author presents the views on combining the pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, summarizes the arguments of supporters and opponents of this approach and points to the problems resulting from the combination of both methods.

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Keywords

psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, integrated treatment

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Title

Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy — can it be combined?

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 13, No 2 (2016)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

84-91

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Psychiatria 2016;13(2):84-91.

Keywords

psychotherapy
pharmacotherapy
integrated treatment

Authors

Władysław Sterna
Anna Sterna

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