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adjunctive therapy

one or more secondary interventions used concurrently with a primary intervention to enhance treatment effectiveness. For example, medication may be used concurrently with cognitive behavior therapy, with the latter as the primary form of intervention; group therapy may be used secondarily to individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, with each intervention bringing its own characteristic perspectives and methods to bear on the client’s mental awareness and healing. Adjunctive therapy is typically conducted by a different practitioner than is the primary intervention, which distinguishes it from combination therapy. The term is sometimes used synonymously with adjuvant therapy. See also collaborative care.

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May 21st 2024



n. in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung, the public face an individual presents to the outside world, in contrast to more deeply rooted and authentic personality characteristics. This sense has now passed into popular usage. The term is taken from the mask worn by actors in Roman antiquity.