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Does psychotherapy change the br...

Posted Oct 22 2008 6:16pm

Does psychotherapy change the brain?
A recent overview of research into "whether psychological therapies modulate brain activity" claims it does. (This reminds me of current research into whether Buddhist meditation changes the brain, which I've posted about in this blog in the past.) From the abstract:

There was ample evidence to demonstrate that psychological therapies produce changes at the neural level. The data, for example in depression, panic disorder, phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), clearly suggested that a change in patients' symptoms and maladaptive behaviour at the mind level with psychological techniques is accompanied with functional brain changes in relevant brain circuits. In many studies, cognitive therapies and drug therapies achieved therapeutic gains through the same neural pathways although the two forms of treatment may still have different mechanisms of action.
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