Monday, January 05, 2004

Patients recovering from depression with talk therapy show a 'distinct' pattern of brain changes: "CBT [A type of Talk Therapy - editor] has theoretically been considered a top-down approach because it focuses on the cortical (top) area of the brain -- associated with thinking functions -- to modulate abnormal mood states. It aims to modify attention and memory functions, affective bias and maladaptive information processing. In contrast, drug therapy is considered a bottom-up approach because it alters the chemistry in the brain stem and limbic (bottom) regions which drive more basic emotional and circadian behaviors resulting in eventual upstream changes in depressive thinking". This is very interesting and basically implies a Mind over Matter approach can work for depression treatment.