Psychotherapy Makes Brain Changes

Paquette et al : "Change the mind and you change the brain": effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy on the neural correlates of spider phobia.

Goldapple et al.  Of this study, one of the authors, Dr. Helen Mayberg says: "Our imaging results suggest that you can correct the depression network along a variety of pathways. Antidepressant drugs change the chemical balance in the brain through effects at very specific target sites. Cognitive behaviour therapy also changes brain activity: it's just tapping into a different component of the same depression circuit board."

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