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LTPP was especially effective for people with such chronic disorders as anxiety or depression. Interestingly, when it was combined with psychotropic medications, its effectiveness, while still greater than that of the short-term therapies, was lower than it was without medications. Leichsenring suspects that either medications inhibit LTPP in some way, perhaps blocking emotions connected with transference and relationships, or that the clinical trial patients who were taking medications were more severely impaired than the ones who weren't.
The study leaves open the question of whether short-term therapy or LTPP is more cost-effective with patients suffering from complex mental disorders. Leichsenring draws the usual cautious conclusion that although LTPP may be more cost-effective in the long run, research remains to be done on this point.
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