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Spouse-Aided Therapy

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Spouse-aided therapy is defined as any psychological intervention in which the partner of the patient with a psychiatric disorder (e.g., anxiety disorder, depression, substance use disorders) is actively involved in the treatment and the focus of the intervention is on the psychiatric disorder rather than on marital distress. This means that marital therapy directed exclusively to the marital difficulties of the couple without due attention to the specific psychiatric disorder involved is not discussed here. There are several advantages for spouse-aided therapy: (a) The spouse is informed about the psychiatric disorder and the kind of treatment delivered; (b) the spouse can give additional information about symptomatology of the patient and treatment progress; (c) the spouse can be emotionally ...

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