Much attention has been cast on the relationships between clinical medicine and the pharmaceutical industries. How much has the pharmaceutical industry been influencing the treatment of depression and anxiety? The rate of use of prescription medication in the United States is higher than in other industrialized nations. The use of prescription antidepressant medication has drastically increased in the past 20 years. In fact, a 2007 study by the CDC found that in the United States, antidepressants were prescribed more often than medications for high blood pressure or high cholesterol! [Read more…]
Should I seek therapy or medication for OCD treatment?
Did you know that good OCD treatment is just as likely to include cognitive-behavioral therapy as medication? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK recommends that adults with mild to moderate symptoms of OCD be offered either cognitive-behavioral therapy or an antidepressant medication (SSRI). The recommendation for adults with severe symptoms is that they undertake both treatments. This is because both options are safe and effective, and perform similarly to in research studies. Some people prefer to not use medication in their OCD treatment, and some prefer to use it; both options are realistic for most people.
(Originally published at http://www.anxiety-ocd.info/blog/2012/05/treatment-for-ocd/)
For those persons suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), there are effective ways to get help. In fact, research has shown two treatments to be quite effective in reducing OCD symptoms: 1) Exposure and response prevention therapy (also known as ERP), and 2) psychotropic medication. Fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), and fluoxetine (Prozac) are commonly prescribed types of OCD medication. These three medications all belong to the same class (SSRIs) [Read more…]
On January 29th there appeared a well researched and well written piece in Newsweek on the effectiveness of antidepressants. The article, by Sharon Begley, explains some important aspects of the process by which pharmaceutical agents are brought to market and are prescribed.
The article explains about the relevance of the placebo effect in clinical trials. It goes on to explain that much of the improvement antidepressants produce can actually be attributed to the placebo effect. The placebo effect is the extent to which our experiences and expectations that a drug will work actually help us improve. For example let’s say that you get frequent [Read more…]
Most people closely associate medicine and science, but how many of us think of science and psychotherapy as being related? Maybe we don’t, but we should.
Science and Psychotherapy: Strange Bedfellows?
It’s true that psychotherapy has little to do with scientific tools like Petri dishes and test tubes. But the process of determining which types of psychotherapy are most helpful for specific problems is a scientific one. For decades, major universities and other research institutions have investigated whether some approaches to psychotherapy are more effective than [Read more…]