A comparison of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy
Paid course for 40 medical doctors and psychologists
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In the guidelines written in the last decades the treatment of severe mental disorders was based on the use of psychiatric drugs. Psychotherapy was not considered or it was seen as an additional instrument which could guarantee a greater compliance (adhherence) to mediacation and improve patients’ social skills. This kind of treatment has recently undergone changes triggered on the one hand by studies on the long term outcome of pharmacological treatment, and on the other by recent research in the field of neurobiology which shows that psychotherapy can modify the activity of specific brain circuits through epigenetic and neuroplasticity mechanisms.