GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Clinical and Abnormal Psychology-Treatment of Disorders Study Material (Page 1 of 19)

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Biomedical Therapies

  • Biomedical therapies use biological techniques so as to cater relief from psychological disorders. Majorly, drug therapy is used for this in which antianxiety drugs (Valium, Xanax) are prescribed for anxiety disorders; antipsychotic drugs (Haldol, Navane) are given to cure schizophrenia, antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft) are prescribed so that patient gets relief from depression, and mood stabilizers (lithium) can stabilize bipolar disorders. Though drug therapy has many advantages, it has certain drawbacks such as dealing with dosage levels, side effects, …

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Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Therapies

  • Sigmund Freud gave the psychoanalytic method of therapy which aimed at bringing out the internal unconscious conflicts of the mind into conscious awareness so that they can be treated. The five major techniques of psychoanalysis are free association, dream analysis, analyzing resistance, analyzing transference, and interpretation.
  • However psychoanalysis has been criticized on the grounds that it is available to only small group of people, it is costly and time-consuming and it also not accredited scientifically. Modern psychodynamic therapies overcome some of thes…

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