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Re: CBT and observable changes in the brain Dinah

Posted by 10derHeart on June 27, 2006, at 18:15:33

In reply to Re: happyflower, posted by Dinah on June 27, 2006, at 15:56:37

>...and that therapy can compensate for that with actual biological changes.<

No, you're not botching it.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=5181

This likely isn't exactly what you are talking about, I don't think, but it's close, and what I was reminded of....and I remember when I first discovered these reports, being *thrilled* that they were studying therapy this way and that solid evidence supported what my gut had told me all along...

With what they saw in the PET scans re: CBT, I'd love to see a way found to measure the kinds of biological brain changes made during psychodynamic therapy as well (a lot harder to evaluate long term therapy, w/it's ebbs and flows, I'd guess)....and no, this isn't scientific, but I'd swear my time working hard in therapy with great therapists *has* actually altered my brain functioning outside of therapy, for the better. I don't know what else could explain my now automatic, healthy reactions to things that used to make me sick with anxiety and fear.

It's exciting stuff, IMO.

So Michael83, please take heart and keep an open mind about meds and therapy. There's so much we don't yet know or understand.....and it just could be all good! :-)

 

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