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Healing thyself: Does psychedelic therapy exploit the placebo effect?

My last post talked about the depressing lack of progress in treatments for depression and other common psychological disorders. Talking cures and antidepressants alike are subject to the "dodo effect," which decrees that all therapies are roughly as effective—or ineffective—as one another. The dodo effect implies that treatments harness the placebo effect, the patient’s expectation [...]

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Cybertherapy, placebos and the dodo effect: Why psychotherapies never get better

When the media report on a new diet that supposedly helps people lose weight once and for all, I wonder, "Does anyone still believe these claims, given the dismal track record of diets?" I have the same reaction to new treatments for psychological disorders, such as "cybertherapy." In a long, lavishly illustrated article in The [...]

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Guest Blog

How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist

Several years ago I was doing some research on the differential effects on psychotherapists of working with patients who were dealing with the aftereffects of  traumatic histories.  It is well known that some therapists who work over long periods of time with trauma victims, particularly survivors of sexual abuse/violence, are afflicted with what is variously [...]

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Psychotherapy and the healing power of narrating a life

An important part of the psychotherapy process, as I understand it and have practiced it, involves constructing a narrative of one’s life. This may seem like a curious task given that we all know or should know the story of our lives. We’ve been imagining the movie to be made from that story forever, right? [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

Technology May Lift Severe Depression, but Full Recovery Takes Time

Courtesy of Dave Gingrich via Flickr.

This blog is the last in a series of guest posts on technology and the brain to celebrate Scientific American Mind’s 10-year anniversary. The magazine’s special November/December issue similarly highlights the interface between code and thought in profiling a future, more digital YOU. I have been a practicing psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic since 1989. [...]

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