Evaluation of Drug Therapy

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  • Evaluation of Drug Therapies
    • Effectivness
      • Benzodiazepines are effective in reducing symptoms of panic.
      • Gelernter et al (1991) found them to be more effective than a placebo for social phobia
    • Dangers of dependence
      • Benzodiazepines are an easy option for doctors to prescribe - but they have physical dependence.
      • Dependence leads to tremors and insomnia.
      • Linden et al. (1998) found that dependency started before drug treatment suggesting dependency is psychological
    • Drugs treat the symptoms, not the cause
      • 90% relapse rate when benzodiazepine treatment is ceased
      • Biochemical imbalance is an effect, not a cause
    • Costs v  Benefits
      • Side effects
      • Dangers of accidental overdose (Heath Ledger)
    • Combining drugs and psychological treatment
      • People with agoraphobia and social phobia cannot attend psychotherapy
  • Drugs treat the symptoms, not the cause
    • 90% relapse rate when benzodiazepine treatment is ceased
    • Biochemical imbalance is an effect, not a cause

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