Our Treatment Model
The understanding and treatment of anxiety and affective disorders we follow at CADE is based on the Vulnerability and Stress model of Sadock and Nemeroff (2000) that proposes the sum of genetic and biological factors with early traumatic experiences, which lead the individual to have a predisposition to develop this type of disorder when faced with a triggering factor. Therefore, the therapeutic intervention used with these disorders necessarily implies the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies.
The aforementioned refers to the fact that experiences we have throughout life, such as the death of a loved one, the separation of a family member, an accident or a shocking event, can alter the chemical functioning of the brain, producing, in the future, alterations of our mental state when faced with similar events. Therefore, our treatment model seeks to help the patient to understand past events and find tools through psychological and pharmacological treatment to help ease suffering. The most relevant part of this model of therapeutic intervention, based on Sadock and Nemeroff´s work, is the assessment of the patient. It is important to determine whether the origin of the patient´s disorder is biological or environmental (or both) in nature. It is through a multidisciplinary approach that we help the patient to overcome their current circumstances leading to a more wholesome, healthy and happy life.