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date: 21 November 2019

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This chapter examines the issues, advantages, and liabilities associated with the combination of pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. It begins with a brief review of the relative efficacy of CBT and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders before turning to a discussion of issues that arise from combination treatment for anxiety disorders as well as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The chapter then considers preference and tolerability with respect to combined treatment modality, along with the availability of each treatment modality. It also asks whether CBT should be added to pharmacotherapy, and vice versa, for mood or anxiety disorders and concludes by outlining new research directions for such combination strategies.

Keywords: combination treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, anxiety, depression, affective disorders, relapse, maintenance

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