Combination therapy for anxiety disorders proves highly successful
Using a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications proved to be more successful in treating anxiety related disorders, according to a study published in the May 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the study, patients whose treatment consisted of therapy, medications and computer-assisted education had a rate of response at 63.66%; 44.68% of patients who received the usual care from their physicians resulted in a successful response. Remission rates for individuals who received combination care were 51.49% at one year, compared to 33.28% of those who received the usual care. According to Peter Roy-Byrne, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues, the persistence of the combination treatment approach at one year “…suggests a long-term effect.” Click here to read an article from Medscape that discusses this study more.