Future Directions for Mental Health Treatment
The current state of affairs of mental health treatment, which focuses on multi-determined behaviorally described symptomology, is both undesirable and perhaps for the first time unnecessary. Neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience based in neural network theory provides a comprehensive, understandable, and testable model for how and why psychotherapy produces the change that it does. Adopting this network-based model will pave the way for more efficacious and efficient therapeutic treatments. The science of large-scale brain networks offers a powerful, empirical, and testable paradigm for both investigating cognitive and affective dysfunction in disorders of mental health and paving the way for treatment interventions based on a network model. The network model both characterizes aberrant brain networks and demonstrates how network analysis provides novel insights into dysfunctional brain architecture and the treatments designed to remediate them.
KeywordsTalk therapy Psychotherapy Neural networks Therapeutic relationship
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