Join Christopher Miller, MD, DFAPA, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine. for this free Grand Rounds lecture.
In recent decades, advancements in neuroscience have provided exciting opportunities to connect subjective symptom reports with objective measures like imaging and neuroendocrine markers. It is firmly established that psychotherapy induces biological changes that reshape maladaptive neuronal responses and can result in more flexible activation patterns. This biological transformation aligns with the clinical improvement observed in individuals undergoing successful psychological treatments. As patients adjust their rigid thought patterns about themselves and others, they become more open to new and measured approaches to conflicts. This presentation aims to clarify how psychotherapy brings about neurobiological changes, drawing connections between its impact and the maladaptive activation patterns present in common psychiatric conditions.
- Explain how early life adversity can affect individuals on neurobiological levels.
- Discuss how successful psychotherapy can reshape maladaptive neuronal activation patterns, correlating with clinical improvement.
- Recognize the synergy between psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic agents, including drugs such as hallucinogens.
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