Lecture 39SV- Therapy

Whydoestherapywork hopefor demoralizedpeople

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Unformatted text preview: search shows that treated patients were 80% better than untreated ones. Why Does Therapy Work? Why Does Therapy Work? Hope for demoralized people New perspective on oneself and the world Empathic, trusting relationship Biomedical Therapies Biomedical Therapies Psychopharmacology gained wider acceptance in the 1950s Began with accidental discovery Testing drug effectiveness: Double­blind technique Biological Therapies Biological Therapies Psychoactive drugs highly successful in reducing in­patient population Mental Hospital Population Types of Treatments Types of Treatments Antipsychotic Drugs (Phenothiazine, Clozapine) Reduce positive symptoms Works by blocking dopamine receptor Antianxiety Drugs/Tranquilizers (Valium, Xanax) Reduce central nervous system activity Often used in combination with anxiety reducing technique Not a long term solution Types of Treatments Types of Treatments Antidepressant Drugs (Prozac, Anafranil) Work by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters that elevate arousal and mood Requires a minimum of 4 weeks to be effective Types of Treatments Types of Treatments Mood stabilizing medications Used fo...
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