Interactions between Drugs and Behavior Therapy

  • J. A. Gray
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Patients given behavior therapy commonly also receive drugs. But neither this fact, nor its potential significance, is likely often to be present in the mind of either the behavior therapist or the prescribing physician. We recently carried out an informal survey at the Institute of Psychiatry to see how far the psychologists treating a group of agoraphobics were aware of the drugs prescribed to their patients. The information they had was rudimentary, though many of their patients were taking, not one, but two or three different compounds. This is hardly surprising, because drugs are typically prescribed by physicians or psychiatrists with little regard for the behavioral treatments that their patients may concurrently receive, and even less discussion with the behavior therapist concerned. Yet, as demonstrated here, there is good reason to suppose that drugs and behavior therapy interact, and not necessarily to the patient’s benefit.


Acquisition Trial Theta Rhythm Inescapable Shock Behavioral Inhibition System Anxiolytic Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Gray
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyInstitute of PsychiatryLondonEngland

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