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Impact of Neurostimulation and Psychotherapy on Mental Health

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Neurostimulation methods are biologically-oriented treatment methods that have been implemented in the field of mental health for the treatment of several psychological disturbances and psychiatric diseases. These have included depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, Alzheimer’s disease ...

Neurostimulation methods are biologically-oriented treatment methods that have been implemented in the field of mental health for the treatment of several psychological disturbances and psychiatric diseases. These have included depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, is a psychologically-oriented treatment method which can lead to behavior change, changes in cognition, and significant improvements in psychological symptoms and mental health.

The most frequently utilized neurostimulation methods are repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Further, many new methods are emerging into the field of mental health, which include: transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and neurofeedback, among others. Psychotherapy implements different methods, which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and schema therapy, among others. While neurostimulation and psychotherapy use different mechanisms, both can influence and change human psychological states and mental health.

The goal of the present Research Topic is to welcome empirical data and related papers comparing the effectivity of new biologically-driven treatment methods based on neurostimulation and the psychologically-driven treatment methods based on psychotherapy.

We welcome empirical papers for consideration, and the following article types: Original Research, Case Report, Review, Systematic Review, Mini Review, and Book Review. Themes of interest include the following:

• Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS);
• Neurofeedback;
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT);
• Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT);
• Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT);
• Schema therapy.


Keywords: Neurostimulation, Psychotherapy, CBT, rTMS, Neurofeedback, mental health


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