Posted by ron1953 on April 29, 2012, at 17:50:20
In reply to Re: Article By Bruce E. Levine » ron1953, posted by Chris O on April 19, 2012, at 23:13:56
> You know, I'm reading the summary of Levin's 2007 book in Wikipedia, in which he says depression's societal sources need to be confronted, and I find myself nodding my head in agreement. Many times I have thought if there were only a more compassionate job market, a more compassionate healthcare system, a way for me to navigate a world that does not seem like a Social Darwinist nightmare everyday, things might be better for me. But then I go out into the world and I see most people functioning relatively okay-ly, or at least non-clinical-anxiety-disorderly (my forte), and I think, "Well, I guess I've just got to find the right med to shake off this brain damage from my family'/s multigenerational codependence, depression, anxiety, and inability to function in the world."
> But then I read that artIcle in alternet and I have to say that despite all the societal forces that contribute to my inability to function, I don't think Bruce Levin has ever experienced the kind of life-ruining 24-hour-a-day-365-days-a-year-panic/anxiety that I do. My anxiety disorder, though environmentally aggravated by societal forces, has a deep biological (or unconscious) component that demands some type of treatment if I want to do anything before I die. I wish that this were not the case, but it is.
Levine, like anyone, does not have all the answers, but I'd tend to think that in his practice, he's known more than a few people clients with (seemingly) intractable conditions such as yours that have responded to treatments other than drugs, as well as some that haven't. And yes, his lah-di-dah better world stuff may be as much a fantasy as the desire for perfect medications. But he provides well-researched, well thought-out opinions as to the state of institutionalized mental health care that are worth thinking about, and useful for those navigating the labyrinth.