Chapter 4

Treating Psychopathology

Set H

Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

A recent group of drugs for anxiety-based symptoms which selectively inhibit norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake and have been shown to be effective and well tolerated in individuals with anxiety disorders.

Spontaneous Remission

The fact that many people who have psychological disorders will simply get better anyway over a period of time, even without therapy.

Self-Help Groups

Group therapy which brings together people who share a common problem in an attempt to share information and help and support one another.

Systems Theory

Approach that attempts to understand the family as a social system.


Therapy facilitated by telephone or videoconference.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

A recent group of antidepressant drugs that selectively affect the uptake of only one neurotransmitter - usually serotonin.

Student Counsellor

A counsellor who specializes in students’ problems.

Systematic Desensitisation

A behaviour therapy based on classical conditioning used in the treatment of phobias and anxiety disorders, during which the client overcomes their fears through gradual and systematic exposure.