In addition to pharmacologic interventions for depression, panic disorder, and GAD, psychotherapy continues to be an effective tool used by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for treating mood and anxiety disorders. Although primary care physicians will not administer such treatments, it is important to be aware of general psychotherapeutic concepts and strategies. Several types of therapy have strong evidence supporting their efficacy in treating both depression and anxiety disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, problem-solving therapy, and supportive therapy (Cuijpers et al., 2008). Some patients may prefer to begin treatment with medications alone, whereas others may prefer only psychotherapy or a combination. Combined pharmacologic and psycho-therapeutic interventions have generally been shown to be superior to either approach alone in trials for both anxiety disorders and depression (Furukawa et al., 2007) (Pampal-lona et al., 2004).

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