Authors: Pieter Rossouw, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES,RESEARCH, Therapies updates and innovations
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Major advances in neurobiological research during the last decade have changed the traditional landscape of mental health. A paradigm shift emerged since the days when “talking therapies” were seen as an auxiliary service to the “pax medica” model. Recent breakthroughs in neural imaging indicate that the effect of mental health services and more specifically “talking therapies” not only assist in changing the behaviour of the mentally unwell but also change neural activity and even change neural structure especially in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, anterior cingulate gyrus and amygdala. These breakthroughs provide critical scientific building blocks for the mental health revolution. This paper explores a number of the neurobiological breakthroughs in the treatment of mental health disorders. The implications of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis for mental health are explored. Recent findings regarding changing neural blood flow by means of talking therapies and the implications for treatment are briefly addressed. The need for an interest group to further assist mental health workers to integrate neurobiological data by means of talking therapies in such a way as to maximize outcomes for more clients in a more cost effective way will be put forward.