[ExI] Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy turns out to be effective...

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 13:07:15 UTC 2008

2008/10/2 Emlyn <emlynoregan at gmail.com>:
> ... according to this meta study. Surprising!
> http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/13/1551?etoc

The trials for the most part compare psychodynamic (i.e., Freudian)
psychotherapy with a waiting list or short term psychotherapy control.
They don't compare psychodynamic psychotherapy with a similar number
of contact hours of so-called supportive psychotherapy with a doctor,
psychologist, social worker or other mental health professional. It
makes sense that this sort of contact will have some beneficial
effect, but it doesn't follow that psychodynamic psychotherapy will
have any additional benefit.

Stathis Papaioannou

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