Personalized Therapy: Analyzing Events & Factors for Effective Mental Health Treatment
This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Process-based therapy" by Dr. Darren Edwards
TLDR Process-based therapy personalizes treatment by analyzing individual events and factors over time, going beyond the DSM model to develop more effective and tailored approaches to mental health disorders.
Process-based therapy personalizes treatment by exploring individual-level events that lead to mental health disorders, shifting away from broad categories of the DSM model.
A process-based approach in therapy focuses on analyzing individual events over time to understand specific factors that affect a person, allowing for a broader range of methods and improvements to the DSM model.
The DSM's focus on specific protocols for syndromes and neglect of causal factors has led to a neglect of client service in psychology.
Process-based therapy aims to equip therapists and academics with the tools to navigate the field and develop models by analyzing the complex network of latent disease variables such as anxiety and depression through techniques like structural equation modeling.
The video discusses various effective strategies for therapy, including cognitive appraisal, cognitive diffusion, experiential acceptance, values clarification, mindfulness, problem solving, coping, and emotional regulation.
Process-based therapy involves capturing the complexity of individuals by using diary events and moods over a three-week period to analyze subtle changes in mood and develop models that go beyond traditional linear approaches.
Targeting and undermining strong reinforcing networks can lead to more adaptive processes and reduce maladaptive ones in therapy.
Targeting low self-esteem with cognitive diffusion and mindfulness can reduce low mood and loneliness, which is especially important during periods of isolation like during the COVID-19 pandemic.