Friday, March 18, 2011

Bye Bye Therapy

A typical course of a modern talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, consists of 12-16 hour-long sessions and is a reasonably efficient way of treating conditions like depression and anxiety (hysteria is no longer a recognised diagnosis). Medication, too, can bring rapid change. Nevertheless, treating disorders of the psyche is still a hit-and-miss affair, and not everyone wishes to bare his soul or take mind-altering drugs to deal with his problems. A new kind of treatment may, though, mean he does not have to. Cognitive-bias modification (CBM) appears to be effective after only a few 15-minute sessions, and involves neither drugs nor the discussion of feelings. It does not even need a therapist. All it requires is sitting in front of a computer and using a program that subtly alters harmful thought patterns.

Psychiatry: Therapist-free therapy | The Economist

New computer based psychotherapy that could prove very helpful. Especially in this part of the world where psychotherapy is still frowned upon. 

2 comments:

Nemo said...

Proof for brain plasticity :-)

Touché said...

Just more step toward total human disconnection. As helpful and promising new technologies as they just make people disconnect more and more from the human touch. So from social conditioning to electronic brain programming to alter the brain wiring. I guess it just shows how our brains are easily reprogrammed and shaped.