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Showing posts with label DEPRESSION. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rick Staggenborg, MD: CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Cross Posted with permission from
 Take Back America for the People Dot Blogspot Dot Com


The Essay series dates back to 2009/2010. The Series author does a masterful job of taking science of the mind and applying to modern-day politics and social interaction. The series is not one for the seeker of the quick read. It is, however, assured of touching your cognitive perception of how our society needs to move in directions not apparent to us at this time. Read for understanding and sit back for a moment and think about the message.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009

CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Oct 13, 2009 

This essay is dedicated to Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive therapy. He taught us that depression is most often a self-inflicted injury and developed the model for its treatment.

Depression is characterized by a pervasive mood of sadness or loss of interest in most activities, and impairment of the ability to carry out routine activities of daily living. Psychiatrists recognize that sadness is often masked by anger, so depression may present as unreasoning, pervasive anger. While the specific symptoms of depression vary among individuals, it must be recognized that America is suffering a Great Depression, the likes of which we have never seen in our history until now.

Drug manufacturers have managed to largely convince psychiatrists to abandon the notion of “exogenous” depression, or depression caused by external events. Increasing numbers of young doctors leave their training convinced that all depression is the result of faulty genes and therefore drugs are the logical first choice of treatment. 

Although it is acknowledged that psychotherapy increases rates of response to medication and helps guard against relapse, few psychiatrists are skilled in this art and it is too frequently unavailable to the patient in our expensive, fractionated medical care “system.” As a result, very few of the brave individuals who are willing to admit that they are suffering and to seek help actually receive it. The rates of “cure” of depression with drugs alone are dismal. What is needed is to treat the cause of depression, not merely the symptoms.

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