“Heal Your Brain,” say the new, neuropsychiatrists

The Institute’s Susan Massad, M.D., and Jan Wootten attended an engaging lecture by Columbia University researcher and professor of clinical psychiatry, David J. Hellerstein, M.D., who spoke recently at the New York Academy of Sciences to introduce his book, Heal Your Brain: How the New Neuropsychiatry Can Help You Go from Better to Well.

Heal Your Brain presents clinical research into a therapeutic approach that couples targeted drug therapies with  rehabilitative psychotherapy, which, Hellerstein argues, can help reverse neuropathology. The approach draws upon a growing body of research on the neuroplasticity of the brain (i.e., its capacity to regenerate and grow across the lifespan). A kindred spirit in eschewing Freudianism and depth psychology, Hellerstein argued that therapy is important to reverse the pathological effects of chronic depression and anxiety on the brain and nervous system. His prescription calls for anti-depressants in tandem with a cognitive behavioral therapy focused on teaching people basic skills for improving their lives.

Advertisements

About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
This entry was posted in medicine, Social Therapy, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s