“Talk therapy alters the brain”

We typically contrast psychological and biological treatments for mental health problems.  Medication is thought to alleviate problems by changing brain chemistry.  However there is now considerable evidence that talk therapy changes the actual  structure of the brain.  This is likely why the benefits of psychological treatments tend to be longer-lasting than those of medication.  Dr. Larry Sandberg, a psychoanalyst and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College discusses these ideas in a letter to the New York Times on May 21, 2013 and in his book, “Psychotherapy and Medication:  The Challenge of Integration.”