Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SSRI)

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Lastly, according to the Archives of General Psychology (2003) , Cognitive Behavior therapy produces a different pattern of brain activity than SSRIs. The researchers scanned seventeen patients, who had not been treated for depression, before and after a session of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There was an improvement in the depression; the tomography disclosed that there was increased activity in the dorsal cingulate regions and hippocampus. These results were then compared to a set of participants with nearly the same intensities of depression before and after taking SSRIs. Scans showed changes in brain activity in the opposite direction, with increases in the prefrontal cortex and decreases in the hippocampus and dorsal cingulate regions.
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