- Many people do well with either counseling or medication treatment.
- Combined medication and therapy may be more effective than either treatment alone in some situations.
- It is not known whether combined treatment is more effective in the long term if the medicine is stopped.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment options, including combined treatment, with your health care provider to decide what approach is right for you.
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