One of the main arguments in psychology today is about whether it is better to prescribe people drugs for their mental health condition or to treat them with therapy.
For some people who have severe symptoms that cause a major disruption in their life, drugs can be a helpful and welcome solution. Prescription drugs can also be effective for people who have a family history of a disorder, as they are more susceptible to developing the same disorder than a person with a healthy family background.
Some practitioners compromise by offering their patients traditional therapy and drug therapy.
In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the patient can learn to manage his or her condition and to better understand it. Many trained psychiatrists will recommend that their patients try to learn strategies to deal with their illness in therapy while their body gets accustomed to a low to moderate dose of the prescribed drug.
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs typically used for people who have an anxiety-related disorder. For someone who has moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or panic disorder, it is fairly common to combine CBT with benzodiazepines. Some people respond better to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are also used for people who are dealing with depression.
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