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Psychotherapy Casebook

A Marriage Between Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy

Marc E. Dalton and Dean Schuyler

Published: June 1, 2001

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With the recent trend toward biological management of psychiatric disorders, it is a good assumption that primary care physicians today are familiar with the medications now available for the treatment of emotional disorders. The value of a referral for brief psychotherapy as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy seems less often appreciated in primary care settings than in psychiatric settings. This mind-set may be a result of successful product marketing by pharmaceutical companies, along with inadequate training of providers in the utility of psychotherapy and its indications.

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