talk therapy


Definition of talk therapy 

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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Biofeedback, meditation, medication and talk therapy could all help. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Successful son fails at relationship with mom," 28 June 2018 Check out this video to learn more about anxiety, and effective treatment options like talk therapy and medications. Madelyn Fernstrom /, NBC News, "Is it normal worry or an anxiety disorder?," 17 May 2018 Conversion treatment can include traditional talk therapy as well as more extreme — and, medical groups say, damaging — methods. Robbie Short,, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018 Biofeedback, meditation, medication, and talk therapy could all help. Amy Dickinson,, "Successful son fails at relationship with mom," 27 June 2018 If biochemical dysfunction caused depression, and scientists could correct it with drugs, maybe talk therapy had been a big, unnecessary detour. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018 Other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder need to be diagnosed and treated with talk therapy and medications in order to avoid the risk of suicide. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "How can you recognize and prevent suicide?," 17 June 2018 Many migraine sufferers skip recommended behavioral treatments, such as stress management and talk therapy, a new study finds. Healthday,, "Non-drug migraine treatments often ignored," 8 June 2018 This means that today, conversations about PTSD typically focus on treatment: better pills or more powerful talk therapies. Shaili Jain, STAT, "Preventing PTSD: calling Dr. Tetris?," 14 May 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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talk therapy

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Medical Definition of talk therapy 

: psychotherapy emphasizing conversation between therapist and patient

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