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p. 11111. Treatmentlocked

  • Daniel Freeman
  •  and Jason Freeman

Abstract

‘Treatments’ considers the treatments available for anxiety disorders. The two types of treatment are psychological therapy — principally cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and medication. Medication includes long-term treatment, SSRI antidepressants (such as paroxetine) and short-term, specific anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs, prescribed to help a patient cope with a crisis. The most commonly used anxiolytics are the benzodiazepines: these tend to work very rapidly and effectively, but can lead to addiction. Combining psychological therapy and medication does not seem to bring any additional benefits, though drugs are being used to boost the effects of psychological therapy.

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