How does this therapy effect the brain from depression?
What part of the brain does this most focus on?
Why does depression effect the brain?
- One study tested patients with varying levels of depression and compared them to patients with no instances of depression. The study found a 19 percent reduction in the size of the left hippocampus in patients with recurring severe depression. There was no difference in other sections of the brain.
- Another study compared major depressive patients in remission to those who had never suffered from the condition and found reduction in size of both the left and right hippocampal regions. The study noted that reduction in size of the hippocampus
corresponded to the number of days a subject spent depressed, concluding that depression was associated with reduction in size of the hippocampus. The study also concluded, as did the previous study mentioned, that this reduction could lead to further depressive episodes .
How scientists predicted the Psychodynamic Therapy would turn out.
Why is this so important?