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Effectiveness of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

When an individual is interested in beginning treatment you may wonder which kind of treatment is most effective for me?

A prevalent belief, one that I often hear, is that Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is the treatment of choice for depression and anxiety in comparison to psychodynamic therapy because it is one of a few "empirically supported/evidence based" therapies and frequently promoted by heath care administrators (insurance companies) and policy makers.

It has been suggested that "One of the biggest complaints in modern society is being over-scheduled, over-committed and over-extended." If individuals are not "super busy" at their jobs, they are busy exercising, entertaining or taking their children to a variety of activities. There is little time for self-reflective thought- and if there is every a moment- say while waiting on line to buy food, at the bank etc., - out comes the cell phone. A study published a few months ago in the journal 'Science' shows how people will go to great lengths to avoid introspection. A psychology professor from the University of Virginia and is the main author of the study said, "No one had done a simple study letting people go off on their own and think." The results of this study show that a majority of the participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just six to fifteen minutes. It did not matter what people thought about they did not like being in 'their heads.'

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