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Re: Meds are only a fraction of the answer shes_initforthemoney

Posted by SLS on August 15, 2011, at 6:41:38

In reply to Re: Meds are only a fraction of the answer SLS, posted by shes_initforthemoney on August 15, 2011, at 1:02:35

> Scott whoa chill dude.

I'll do my best.

> I too have mdd and gad and i know quite often it is my meds doing 90 percent of the work. but biology is not complete destiny.

I enthusiastically agree with this.

As for the rest, I again agree. However, adding social skills to enhance the therapeutic outcome of treatment of "depression" is not the same as placing the existence of "problems" as a necessary condition to precipitate "depression" as well as a necessary target to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

I am often surprised that my thoughts on these matters are deemed to take an adversarial position on the use of psychotherapies to treat both "depression" and MDD. I am not an absolutist nor am I plagued by black-or-white thinking.

Surprise.

If prednisone, a chemical substance, can precipitate altered mental states in previously healthy individuals, why can't MDD be a spontaneous idiopathic illness with exclusively biological underpinnings? That you state that meds can do 90% of the work in controlling your MDD, I am convinced that you "get it". Perhaps my wording was confusing.

By the way, I got "depressed" yesterday due to a disappointment in my personal life. This "depression" was, of course, co-occuring with my biological depressive illness. These two conditions feel different to me, and respond differently to therapeutic cognitive processing. If I were to remain "depressed" for very long, I would likely suffer a worsening of the MDD. I have been actively processing my thoughts and feelings during this time. The "depression" is fading, although my MDD remains unchanged.

I purposely place the word "depression" in quotes, as it can mean so many different things to different people. MDD is specified as a diagnosable illness with well-defined features that can help differentiate it from predominantly psychogenic affective states.

Is "depression" experienced as a feeling, or is it a clinical symptom cluster with vegetative features?

We all have "problems", I guess. Just what qualifies a "problem" as being depressogenic? Here, I again use quotations for the same reasons that I use them when using the work "depression".


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