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Research Shows Psychotherapy Is Effective But Underutilized

August 14, 2012|Uncategorized

The American Psychological Association recently reviewed research on the effectiveness and utilization of psychotherapy services.

They found that psychotherapy is effective for treating mental and behavioral issues. And, they found that psychotherapy can improve overall health and functioning. But, they also found that psychotherapy is underutilized. They noted the following key points:

  • Research demonstrates that psychotherapy is effective for a variety of mental and behavioral health issues and across a spectrum of population groups. The average effects of psychotherapy are larger than the effects produced by many medical treatments.
  • Large multi-site and meta-analytic studies have demonstrated that psychotherapy reduces disability, morbidity and mortality; improves work functioning; and decreases psychiatric hospitalization.
  • Psychotherapy teaches patients life skills that last beyond the course of treatment. The results of psychotherapy tend to last longer than psychopharmacological treatments and rarely produce harmful side effects.
  • While medication is appropriate in some instances, research shows that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is often most effective in treating depression and anxiety. It should also be noted that the effects produced by psychotherapy, including those for different age groups and across a spectrum of mental and physical health disorders, are often comparable to or better than the effects pro

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