Posted by morganator on November 23, 2009, at 23:41:43
In reply to Re: No benefit to adding psychotherapy to medicati, posted by bleauberry on November 23, 2009, at 18:51:23
Depression can also linger underneath layers of denial and other mechanisms of coping for years. We may be angry or depressed/sad about something deep inside but not really feel it. This is why when therapy is really working people get depressed before they get better. As you work through emotions that you have been carrying deep inside for so long you have to feel them and fully experience them in order to work them out of you. This may take some time. Many people are unwilling to do deal with the pain they carry which is why therapy is not successful.
Not only should one be working hard in during the therapy session, but one should be working hard outside of therapy in between session. This takes lots of reflection and time spent trying to work out what it is that ails your psyche.
I feel like most people, even the most and maybe especially the most intelligent people, do not want to think about how powerful our psyche is and how crucial it is that we have the proper nurture while developing. I believe that many of us need medication at this point in our lives but I also think that many of us taking medication would benefit from several different types of therapy, including psychodynamic and psychodynamic group therapy. There is a part of me that believes that despite our genetic predisposition(which I think is exactly that, a predisposition) we may not have needed medication in a different world.
I would like everyone to consider going to group psychodynamic therapy. I think it can work wonders, especially if two highly qualified and well trained psychotherapists conducted it. If you want to go further than what your medication can take you, you would at least try group therapy for a few months. You also have to be willing to face yourself like never before and do some serious heavy lifting.