How Psychotherapy and Medications Transform the Brain during Anxiety Treatment

Medscape and Tulane University (US) published a while ago a very interesting online educational program about anxiety (and OCD): Taming the Anxious Mind: How Psychotherapy and Medications Transform the Brain.

About the program:

1) Minding the Geography of the Brain
by Philip T. Ninan, MD
Levels of Activity in the Brain and Anxiety
How Emotions Are Experienced
Understanding the Functional Anatomy and Circuitry of the Brain
Understanding the Brain

2) Mechanisms of Action of Psychotherapy in the Brain
by Boadie W. Dunlop, MD; Sarah A. Feigon, PhD
Core Elements of Psychotherapy
Behavior Therapy
Extinction: A Major Theory in Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy
Summaries

3) Medications: Achieving Remission in the Anxiety Disorders
by Michael R. Liebowitz, MD
The Benefits of Remission
Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale: A Rating Instrument
Alternate Definitions of Remission in Social Anxiety Disorder: Venlafaxine vs Paroxetine
Alternate Definitions of Remission in Social Anxiety Disorder: Venlafaxine Over Time
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Response Rates
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Remission Criteria
Treatment Effects
Conclusions

Target Audience: This activity has been developed for psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, counselors, academic researchers, physicians, nurses, and anyone affiliated with mental health care.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the experience of anxiety by learning the basics of how the brain works.
2. Explore how psychotherapies mold the brain to calm the mental experiences of anxiety.
3. Examine how medications modify the brain to achieve remission in anxiety disorders.

Start education today: Taming the Anxious Mind: How Psychotherapy and Medications Transform the Brain.

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