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Friday, 15 April 2011

CBT and Brain waves

A recent study into the effects of psychotherapy on Social Anxiety Disorder found some very interesting results!

A group of adults with Social Anxiety Disorder attended 12 weekly sessions of CBT together. Before, half-way through and after the 12 sessions the participant's were given an EEG brainscan.

What was discovered was highly encouraging.

Before therapy, the group's tests were similar to those of the high-anxiety control but by the end of the 12 sessions, the group's tests resembled those of the low-anxiety control group. Showing a dramatic change in brain function over the 12 weeks. Although it can't be concluded that the CBT is changing the brain function directly, as some of the patients were taking medication the author acknowledged that it was an important step towards understanding the biology of anxiety and developing better treatments.

If you're interested in improving your own CBT skills or CBT within your organisation, have a look at our website: SDS CBT Course - and sign up today!

V. Miskovic, D. A. Moscovitch, D. L. Santesso, R. E. McCabe, M. M. Antony, L. A. Schmidt. Changes in EEG Cross-Frequency Coupling During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Psychological Science, 2011; DOI: 10.1177/0956797611400914

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