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Vol. 83, No. 3, 2014
Issue release date: May 2014
Section title: Special Article
Psychother Psychosom 2014;83:142-147
(DOI:10.1159/000358841)

Review of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Neuroimaging Studies

Abbass A.A. · Nowoweiski S.J. · Bernier D. · Tarzwell R. · Beutel M.E.
aDepartment of Psychiatry and bCentre for Emotions and Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., and cFaculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; dMelbourne Centre for ISTDP, Melbourne, Vic., Australia; eClinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medicine, Mainz, Germany

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Abstract of Special Article

Received: 9/29/2013 11:01:05 AM
Accepted: 1/19/2014
Published online: 4/12/2014

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Abstract

The clinical efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy (PDT) has undergone extensive study and review. Recently, researchers have studied the effects of this treatment on brain metabolic or synaptic activity, but the collective findings have never been reviewed. The objective of this review was to describe the findings of all neuroimaging studies of any form of PDT treatment. An extensive literature search through databases along with surveying of research groups were undertaken to acquire all available published studies. Eleven series were included in the final sample, consisting of 2 randomized controlled trials, 5 controlled trials and 4 case series, altogether involving 210 people: 94 healthy controls and 116 people with mood disorders, panic disorder, somatoform disorders and borderline personality disorder. A variety of neuroimaging techniques were used to examine regional metabolic activity and synaptic neurotransmission before and after treatment. The common finding was normalization of synaptic or metabolic activity in limbic, midbrain and prefrontal regions, occurring in association with improved clinical outcomes. PDT has demonstrable effects on brain function in diverse clinical populations as evidenced by a modest group of mixed neuroimaging studies.


  

Author Contacts

Allan A. Abbass, MD, FRCPC
Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Room 8203
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane
Halifax, NS B3H 2E2 (Canada)
E-Mail allan.abbass@cdha.nshealth.ca

  

Article Information

Received: September 29, 2013
Accepted after revision: January 19, 2014
Published online: April 12, 2014
Number of Print Pages : 6
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 33
Additional supplementary material is available online - Number of Parts : 1

  

Publication Details

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Vol. 83, No. 3, Year 2014 (Cover Date: May 2014)

Journal Editor: Fava G.A. (Bologna)
ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print), eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Special Article

Received: 9/29/2013 11:01:05 AM
Accepted: 1/19/2014
Published online: 4/12/2014

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PPS


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