The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using behavioral therapy to treat generalized anxiety disorder

    Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic anxiety and exaggerated worry and tension even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.

    Based on the results of clinical studies, psychological therapy based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles is effective treatment for (GAD) — at least short-term.

    The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed 25 short-term studies and concluded that CBT was always better for reducing anxiety, worry, and depression symptoms than “treatment as usual” or being placed on a waiting list.

    There were too few studies of psychodynamic therapy to determine its comparative effectiveness to CBT.

    The bottom line?

    According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, if you are interested in getting psychological treatment for GAD, ask if the therapist has training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or behavioral therapy and is open to using medication if it’s needed.

    1/28/07 11:39 JR

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