Treatment, especially in regard to depression and PTSD, is like hitting a moving target. Due to the Bio/Cog/Social etiological origins and the complexity of our brains, no two depression/PTSD patients are exactly alike. Thus, treating them necessitates a great deal of nuance and diversity.
Psychologists are learning to appreciate this fact, as well as the fact that our bodies and minds are more interrelated than we’ve previously understood.
The result has been a boom in the “eclectic” approach to treatment as well as the explosion of “alternative” treatments such as: exercise, yoga, midfulness, meditation, role playing, sleep therapy, etc. These treatments are in their early stages and are not heavily supported by published research, however they are supported by some research by institutions as famous as Stanford and the National Institute of Health!
The learning outcomes in regard to IB psychology for the Treatment Portion of Abnormal psych are as follows:
- Discuss the extent to which bio, cog, and socio factors influence abnormal behavior
- Evaluate psychological research relevant to study of abnormal behavior.
- Examine biomedical, individual, and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder
- Evaluate the use of biomedical, individual, and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder
- Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment
- Discuss the relationship between etiology and therapeutic approach in relation to one disorder.