Adding group psychotherapy to medication treatment in dysthymia: A randomized prospective pilot study

D. J. Hellerstein, S. A.S. Little, L. W. Samstag, S. Batchelder, J. Christopher Muran, M. Fedak, D. Kreditor, R. N. Rosenthal, R. Winston

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Abstract

Patients with dysthymia have been shown to respond to treatment with antidepressant medications, and to some degree to psychotherapy. Even patients successfully treated with medication often have residual symptoms and impaired psychosocial functioning. The authors describe a prospective randomized 36-week study of dysthymic patients, comparing continued treatment with antidepressant medication (fluoxetine) alone and medication with the addition of group therapy treatment. After an 8-week trial of fluoxetine, medication-responsive subjects were randomly assigned to receive either continued medication only or medication plus 16 sessions of manualized group psychotherapy. Results provide preliminary evidence that group therapy may Provide additional benefit to medication-responding dysthymic patients, particularly in interpersonal and psychosocial functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research
Volume10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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