Aug 12 2008

Research supporting “talk therapy” with the use of medication for depression

Published by at 4:04 pm under Counseling & Psychotherapy

A study looking at the role of inter-personal or talk therapy used along with anti-depressants, shows that clients will make more rapid progress than with just medication or talk therapy alone.

The reason talk therapy is so effective is related to the fact that the brain continues to evolve and change throughout our lifetime. This is referred to as neuralplasticity.

This means the brain has the capacity to grow and expand, correlated with people of all ages learning new things, like playing the piano, learning a language, or some other complicated process involving learning.

So, the person in therapy has a brain that is growing, building neurons and neural circuits that create the circuitry for new feelings and behavior.

Anti-depressant medication does the same thing by allowing the person to “feel better” and thereby behave in ways that influence neural development.

Sometimes, both meds and therapy work really well together, especially when someone is under tremendous stress or severely depressed.

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