Kombinationsbehandlung von psychotherapie und pharmakotherapie- Allgemeine grundlagen

Translated title of the contribution: Combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy - General principles

Jan Philipp Klein*, Ulrich Schweiger, Fritz Hohagen

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When combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy several interactions have to be considered. Medications can enhance or hinder the effect of psychotherapy. Benzodiazepines for instance impair learning in animal and human studies. For some disorders pharmacotherapy is usually essential (depression, mania, schizophrenia). Adding psychotherapy to pharmacotherapy can prevent relapse and improve remission rates. For other disorders psychotherapy is the treatment of choice (anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder). Addition of pharmacotherapy can accelerate recovery, especially for treatment refractory patients and for those suffering from secondary depression.

Translated title of the contributionCombining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy - General principles
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 07.2006

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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