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Re: Junk medicine:cognitive behavioural therapy Jost

Posted by Racer on November 4, 2006, at 19:54:40

In reply to Re: Junk medicine:cognitive behavioural therapy, posted by Jost on November 4, 2006, at 19:24:24

CBT is popular for studies, because it's easy to standardize and it's short term, so you can measure results quickly. And it does seem to work -- short term. ALL the studies I've read -- sorry, no links -- have said that there's typically relapse within 12 to 24 months.

And the relapses can be bad. There's a local eating disorders treatment program that does CBT, and the bulimics who come out of it are b/p free when they do. And about six months later, when they finally made it to the peer support group I used to go to, they felt as though they were totally at fault, as though there was something so wrong with them that they could never be OK, etc. They were very down on themselves about their failure. (And it just isn't a good choice for anorexia.)

Anyway, I think there is a place for CBT techniques. I just don't think they're all that helpful for most people as the ONLY form of therapy.

And the good news in that article is that the NHS is going to be offering therapy, as well as drugs.




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