[Excerpt only, read full article here.]
In this article dr Paul tells us about the book “The Emperors New Drugs” by dr Irving Kirsch. According to research explored in this book, it would seem that a lot of the things we believe, and have been told, about depression is wrong. The idea that brain imbalance causes depression, something that can easily be corrected by drugs, was actually an invention by pharmaceutical companies. Drugs, it would appear, only have a placebo effect on depression and the relapse rate for depressives on medication is higher than for those sufferers who seek psychological help.
Having worked with depression in patients for years, dr Paul identifies three particular causes for depression OTHER than brain imbalance:
- Painful life situations like the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, financial problems, etc.
- Physical causes from the gut – research has proven a link between imbalances in gut flora and depression.
- Self-abandonment – implying that you feel a certain loss of control over your life. Issues like judging or shaming yourself constantly, addictions as means to avoid responsibility, ignoring your feelings, refraining from self-care (exercise, good nutrition), procrastination, etc.
[For more details on these causes, read full article here.]
Dr Paul suggests that the only successful treatment for depression is psychotherapy and/or trauma therapy. In doing so the sufferers will be helped by professionals who can teach them how to use certain healing techniques or tools, like self-actualization, acceptance, stress management and many more. [Read about the techniques, suggested by Dr Paul, on how people can heal their depression. Click here.]
MBG – Editor’s note: This piece was written by Dr. Margaret Paul, a therapist with more than 40 years of experience. It’s not a diagnostic tool but is hopefully a resource.