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Description: We may assume that physical symptoms need to be treated with medication but we also know that disorders like depression are very treatable with forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The conditions discussed in this article all show signs of positive change when treated with one or another form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of course our brains are involved in all of them but the treatment results may surprise you.

Source: Scientific American: 6 Syndromes with Surprising Psychotherapy Solutions

Date: April 9, 2015

Surprising Psychotherapy

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So what sorts of disorders are treatable (or at least positively influenced by) forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? Well how about headaches, insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Female Sexual Dysfunction, and Infertility. The links between stress, tension and other physical issues are beginning to be better understood and are leading to a broader array of treatments or combinations of treatments.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How is the effectiveness of CBT assessed in the studies discussed in the article (if you cannot find the study you would like to review search for a similar one)?
  2. Are these effects simply due to the management of stress or is there more going on?
  3. Are there other disorders or conditions or problems that may be amenable to CBT treatment?

References (Read Further):

Rodriguez, Torsi and Stern, Victoria (2015) Six syndromes with surprising psychotherapy solutions Scientific American Mind; May/Jun2015, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p13-13, 1p

Day, M.A. et al (2014) Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Headache Pain: A pilot Study. The clinical journal of pain, 30(2), 152-161.

Mitchell, M. D., Gehrman, P., Perlis, M., & Umscheid, C. A. (2012). Comparative effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia: a systematic review. BMC family practice, 13(1), 40.