Posted by morganator on November 24, 2009, at 17:37:46
In reply to Re: No benefit to adding psychotherapy to medicati » morganator, posted by SLS on November 24, 2009, at 16:24:32
>Yes. However, once developed, these disorders become biologically self-perpetuating, and actually worsen with time.
I agree that these disorders biologically worsen with time, especially if there is not early intervention. The delicate emotional psyche will also worsen with time which will in turn negatively effect one's biology-a good reason why therapy should be emphasized as a potentially powerful combatant to the development of such disorders when used in the early stages of a child's development. Play therapy, combined with CBT and psychodynamic therapy, can really help prevent children from developing these disorders to such a severe degree. Family therapy combined with individual therapy can help as well. Again the problem is that we are not at a point yet where our society is willing to embrace therapy. Parents will bring their child in for therapy but not want to admit that they may need it just as badly as their child does. Also, as I have mentioned before it is often hard to find good therapists. And. if you find yourself in really bad shape in adulthood, I do believe that group therapy may be the way to go. I have experienced first hand how powerful group therapy can be and how much people can get out of it.
>How might we explain the ability of some drugs to precipitate depression or psychosis in an individual whom had never been mentally ill previously?
Well I think there can be two explanations-One being that these drugs are truly that powerful(are you talking about antidepressants? narcotics? other medications?), and two, as I believe I stated before, depression and sadness can linger deep withing for much of one's life without having any major bouts of depression. My mother is one example. She was diagnosed with major depressive disorder at the age of 60. She literally could not get out of bed until she took wellbutrin and prozac. She smoked for years until she was 49, which I believed helped cover up her depression(she quit smoking using Zyban for a year, which we all know is wellbutrin. She was a workaholic, another thing that I believe kept her from being depressed. When she was 60, she moved out of the house she lived at for 30 years and transferred within her company from Oakton, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina. At this time she began to get severely depressed. The psychiatrist told her it was always in her(which I pretty much already knew. her anxiety and ocd and staying constantly busy were manifestations of her depression and emotions)
Who knows, maybe whatever drugs you were talking about disables the minds ability to fight off and suppress the depression that was always lurking within.
>How might we explain the cyclic depression that occurs with some woman premenstrually? How about the depression that can occur as a result of hypothyroid and other abnormal hormonal states? These conditions are quite obviously biological, and can occur in people with well-adjusted and functional psyches.
I completely agree.