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what factors are involved in the choice of treatment for mental health disorders?

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Dr. Justin ORourke
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Many factors: Choice of treatment depends on many factors. Research on which treatments work for which disorders is a key factor. For example, forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., prolonged exposure) have been shown to be best for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Some other factors include the chronicity and nature of the disorder and the motivation of the patient to change.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Choice of treatment : Based on diagnoses, treatment history and response any family history.

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