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CBT works like Prozac

CBT works like Prozac

In a study by Dr. Lewis Baxter at the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, patients with OCD who responded to either a reuptake inhibitor like Prozac or cognitive behavior therapy over 10 weeks showed virtually the same changes in their brains, decreases in the activities of the caudate nuclei and, thus, changes toward normal function. When patients improved, the changes in their brains, as shown in the PET scans, looked the same regardless of whether they had received antidepressants or psychotherapy. The intriguing finding from the PET scans is not limited to OCD.  Two studies of patients with depression, reported last year in The Archives of General Psychiatry, compared the effects of interpersonal psychotherapy with an antidepressant on brain function, as observed in PET scans....

In a study by Dr. Lewis Baxter...

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