In the last couple of weeks, there have been some big announcements from the medical and mental health communities about the wisdom of using drugs over behavioral methods for various disorders. The meds vs. therapy debate has been an active one for a number of years.
But these days, some experts and organizations are questioning, more and more, whether popping pills should really be our go-to treatment, based on the literature. And it seems that for some that have historically used meds as the first line of treatment, the evidence for behavioral methods has mounted to the point where recommendations have shifted in their favor. At least for some things.
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Since ancient times, cultures across the world have understood that human suffering can have psychological causes. At its core, psychotherapy is working with another person to help identify and address emotional challenges that matter to you. It involves trying to understand the source of those problems and coming up with ways to tackle them head on.
Our medical ancestors sought to heal the mind long before they could treat diseases of the brain. Magicians and priests tended the sick through suggestion, therapeutic bond, and tincture of time, not by science. This has changed. During the last century and a half, our progress in understanding and treating mental suffering has been remarkable by any standard, drawing importantly upon lessons from the asylum, advances in psychology and the science of the brain, and what had been learned by doctors and nurses who treated shell shock during the First World War.
Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?
Many people make meaningful emotional progress in just a handful of sessions.
Psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy is an approach that some historians say dates back to ancient times. In recent decades, scientists have learned how to measure the benefits of talk therapy. In some circumstances, researchers find that talk therapy is the best.
The need for holistic treatment focusing on the person is increasingly becoming of paramount significance, especially when there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that physical and mental health are intrinsically interlinked and that one cannot treat each separately.
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Cognitive behavioral therapy is a commonly used treatment for depression, anxiety and other conditions. With it, the therapist doesn’t ask you about your mother — or look at the past at all.
“Basically, psychotherapy was created by men to treat women."
Mental-health care has come a long way since the remedy of choice was trepanation — drilling holes into the skull to release “evil spirits.” Over the last 30 years, treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and family-based treatment have been shown effective for ailments ranging from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders.
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Sleeping pills may not be the only option for the 50million to 70 million Americans suffering from chronic insomnia. A new review of research suggests that talking to a therapist should be the first line of treatment.
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CHATBOTS ARE TAKING over the world. Over the past few years, virtual help agents have taken on surprisingly sensitive jobs in modern society: counseling Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, creating quiet spaces of contemplation for millions of Chinese living in densely populated cities, and helping Australians access national disability benefits. Bots have offered help, support, and companionship. But there’s one line none of them have yet crossed: actually treating patients.
Does one form of psychotherapy work better than another?
Research shows that counseling delivers great benefits to many people. But it’s hard to say exactly what that means for you.
It’s not always obvious whether therapy is improving your life.
Talk therapy comes in various forms and flavors—Behavioral, Existential, and Psychoanalytic, to name just a few, and there’s no “one size fits all” treatment for mental health concerns. But knowing learning how certain types of treatment work (and whether they tend to work well for various mental health challenges) can be helpful when you’re shopping for a therapist.
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According to Robert Rowland Smith at More Intelligent Life, psychoanalysis--the butt of jokes and a decades-long bane of checkbook balances--is losing its scientific chops, thanks to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Unlike psychoanalysis, CBT is a measurable, quantifiable treatment. Calling psychoanalysis "science" is "laughable," while Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a science dream of sorts, for many of the reason psychoanalysis is derided:
Just a few hours of therapy-like interventions can reduce some people’s anxiety.
Please don’t tell me I just need to try cognitive behavioral therapy.
Psychotherapy — a.k.a. talk-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy being the most prominent — usually takes place over the course of weeks and months, in hour-long sessions. Schleider’s interventions are radically different: They take about 30 minutes each, and are partially drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy.
The meds vs. therapy debate has been an active one for a number of years. But these days, some experts and organizations are questioning, more and more, whether popping pills should really be our go-to treatment, based on the literature.
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