A new research project is being undertaken by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAS) to bring together experts from a variety of fields of psychology and cognitive science to help create a new paradigm for how to use science to solve problems in mental health and wellness.
According to the new study, which is published in Psychological Science, the most common response to treatment in mental illness is cognitive and behavioral therapy, with the majority of patients responding well to cognitive therapy and the rest receiving no treatment at all.
“For decades, many researchers have been exploring the impact of behavioral therapy on mental health outcomes, and now it is time to tackle the problem head-on,” said James B. Miller, Ph.
D., APA senior vice president and associate director of the Association for Cognitive Therapy.
“Our research is a new way of thinking about mental health, one that seeks to understand how to maximize the value of cognitive and behavior therapy.
We have been able to identify new research questions and find solutions that will make our treatment approach even more effective.
This research is not about how much cognitive therapy we should be giving patients; instead, it is about how to better support patients who are already well and how to find more effective ways to provide support to patients who need it most.”
According to Dr. Miller and colleagues, the new research suggests that it may be possible to make cognitive andbehavioral therapy more effective by addressing how people are thinking, feeling and behaving while under cognitive andBehavioral Therapy.
These are the same processes that are being investigated in mental illnesses, he said.
“As we have seen in research on PTSD, people who are exposed to aversive stimuli are more likely to engage in behaviors that reflect their PTSD.
In other words, we know that exposure to a threat can increase stress and anxiety in people,” said Dr. Steven D. Reisner, Ph.-D., a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-author of the new APA study.
“This research suggests we can help our patients with anxiety and depression by encouraging them to use more cognitive and behaviors therapies, and by allowing them to engage with cognitive and/or behavioral therapy as they become better able to cope with their mental illness.”
The study was conducted by the APA’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the AAS Division of Behavioral Sciences, and the National Institute of Mental Illness (NIMH) in collaboration with the University of Miami, the University at Buffalo, the Johns School of Nursing and the Johns Kimmel Comprehensive Mental Health Center.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the APS, the National Science Foundation, the Association of Behavioral Therapists, the Society for the Study of Mental Disorders and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dr. Reischman said, “These new findings bring together some of the most influential minds in cognitive science, behavioral neuroscience, psychology and neuroethics to help us explore the ways we can use cognitive and Behavioral Therapy to help people.”
According the new results, Cognitive andBehavioural Therapy can help people with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, posttraumatic growth disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.
“Our research shows that Cognitive and Behavioral Therapeutic Techniques are effective in treating patients who have been diagnosed with any of these conditions,” said David E. Cohen, Ph., a professor of clinical psychology and psychiatry at the University College London.
“However, these treatments have a high cost and often lack meaningful benefits.
Our goal is to help patients find and use Cognitive and Behavior Therapy to achieve better outcomes.”
In addition to Drs.
Miller-Reisner and Reischmann, the researchers included: J. Scott S. Schmitt, Ph.; William R. Brown, Ph; Richard D. Daley, Ph.–National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes.
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