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Psychotherapy Is Not Harmless: On The Side Effects Of CBT

The structured nature of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and its clearly defined principles (based on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours) make it relatively easy to train practitioners, ensure standardised delivery and measure outcomes. Consequently, CBT has revolutionised mental-health care, allowing psychologists to alchemise therapy from an art into a science. For many mental-health […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Changes Brain Structure In Social Anxiety Disorder

Successful treatment of social anxiety disorder changes brain structures that are involved in processing and regulating emotions, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Zurich, Zurich University Hospital and the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich suggests. Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder […]

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Psychotherapy is as effective as medication in lessening the severity of symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, past research has shown. Now, psychologists at Vanderbilt University have looked at different types of psychotherapy to determine which is best at improving the ability of IBS patients to participate in daily activities. They found that one […]

What Is Exposure Therapy?

Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated. Social anxiety is characterised by an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement, triggered by social or performance situations. For social anxiety to be […]

What Is Behavioral Activation For Depression?

A recent study from the United Kingdom found a simple form of therapy called behavioral activation (BA) is as effective in treating depression as more complex psychological treatments and even medication. So, how does BA work and what is the relationship between behavior and emotions? Emotions are important sources of information that guide our behavior […]