“My Adventures in Psychopharmacology”

There’s a great article in New York Magazine about a young woman whose psychiatrist started her on a roller coaster of medications at the age of 16. She found out about Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) several years later when she read an article her parents had mailed to her. She said that CBT was:

“…a treatment Dr. Titrate [not his real name] had always dismissed. After I read it, I set up an appointment.  Read more

Patients with Hypochondriasis Respond to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

In a recent study, patients with Hypochondriasis were randomly assigned to either Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Paroxetine (i.e. Paxil) or a placebo. All patients completed a self-report measure prior to treatment, and after 16 weeks of treatment or placebo. Read more

Does Cognitive Therapy = Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Why? Well, sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably… and sometimes they’re not.   Read more

How Thinking Can Change the Brain

Sharon Begley’s article about changing your brain appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago -you can read it here, and you can also listen to Sharon Begley discuss the mind’s ability to reshape the brain on NPR.

Begley talks about the fact that thoughts can alter and shape the brain’s structure and circuitry – you can actually change your brain with your own mind.  Read more

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Shows Promise for Children with Mental Illness – JAMA Article

 

The numbers are astonishing:

20% of children in the U.S. have some form of mental illness.

Only 1 in 5 receives treatment. Read more

Interview with Aaron Beck on the History of Cognitive Therapy

 Dr. Beck was originally trained in psychoanalysis in the 1950s. How did he transition from psychoanalysis, the predominant methodology of that time period, to developing Cognitive Therapy?

Here’s an excerpt from a great interview Dr. Beck gave in 2004.

Interviewer: Can you reminisce about your role as a psychoanalyst?

Dr. Beck: Let me respond with a clinical illustration. A woman patient is on the couch and she spends the entire time talking about her sexual escapades.  At the end of the session I do what I think analysts are meant to do – I ask her how she feels.  “Very anxious,” she responds.  Read more