The social brain in clinical practice
Aspects of the social brain concept have relevance in clinical practice on several levels. One application is in the common psychiatric task of the initial evaluation of patients with major depression. Specific case examples, while singular in nature, advocate a focus on interactions and social relationships, and evidence clinical gains from employing a unifying concept that bridges biological, psychological, and social phenomena and that facilitates etiological hypothesizing. These cases also highlight the value of the therapeutic alliance not only as a more pleasant and desirable context for an interview but also as an essential vehicle to reach a shared formulation and to influence the social brain directly.
Verhulst, J; Gardner, R; Sutton, B; Beahrs, J; Kerbeshian, J; Looney, J; Swann, A; Wamboldt, F
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