Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis?

Does Psychotherapy Have a Biological Basis?

Many studies have found that psychotherapy is as effective as psychopharmacology in terms of influencing changes in behaviors, symptoms of anxiety, and changes in mental state. Changes influenced by psychopharmacology can be explained by the biological basis of treatments. But how does psychotherapy achieve these changes? Does psychotherapy share common neuronal pathways with psychopharmacology? For this Discussion, consider whether psychotherapy also has a biological basis.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Evaluate biological basis of psychotherapy treatments

· Analyze influences of culture, religion, and socioeconomics on personal perspectives of psychotherapy treatments

To prepare:

· Review this week’s Learning Resources.

· Reflect on foundational concepts of psychotherapy.

Post an explanation of whether psychotherapy has a biological basis. Explain how culture, religion, and socioeconomics might influence one’s perspective of the value of psychotherapy treatments. Support your rationale with evidence-based literature.

 

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