Biomedical Therapy (04:34)
Philip Zimbardo discusses professional treatment for mental illness. Mental illnesses vary in kind and severity. Experts discuss biomedical therapy and prefrontal lobotomy.
Drug Therapy (02:01)
Zimbardo examines popular drugs used to treat various mental disorders. Drug therapy suppresses symptoms and creates the capacity for psychotherapy.
Genetic Counseling (01:16)
Some mental disorders are linked to genetic inheritance. Researchers identified a defective chromosome linked to a form of depression.
Psychodynamic Therapy (06:43)
Psychodynamic therapists see behavior as driven or motivated by powerful inner forces. Therapists seek to help patients recognize these motivations to change them.
Behavior Modification Therapy (02:15)
For behavior therapists, the goal is to modify problem behaviors by applying the principles of conditioning and reinforcement. See a young boy work on his fear of the dentist.
Cognitive Therapy (03:20)
Cognitive therapists teach their clients how to recognize and change unreasonable attitudes, false beliefs, and expectations of failure. See one of Albert Ellis' therapy sessions.
Humanistic Therapy (02:17)
Rollo May focuses on the normal person seeking greater fulfillment and sees the role of the therapist as facilitating discovery. See a group therapy simulation.
Selecting a Treatment (02:23)
Enrico Jones investigates what kind of treatment might be most effective for specific disorders. Jones discusses the complexity of this research.
Credits: Psychotherapy—Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition (00:60)
Credits: Psychotherapy—Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
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