Depression is an illness that causes many doctors and psychiatrists to reach for their prescription pads.
And for some people anti-depressants are a necessary part of treatment, but not always.
There are many people receiving repeat prescriptions for anti-depressants who after a long time still remain depressed and disillusioned.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist I believe that the problem of depression will never be cured by prescription drugs alone. Orthodox medicine cannot address the underlying causes of depression.
Some people are born with certain weaknesses and predispositions to suffering from depression. The genetic patterns of families often hold depressive genes. Children born into depressive family environments can also find depression contagious. But very often something very real has happened in the life of a depressed person that needs to be resolved before any progress can be made.
Whilst anti-depressants can alleviate depression in some instances this is usually only a short-term band- aid and not a total cure. But there are other forms of essential therapy that can look to the root cause of the underlying causes of depression. And this is what psychodynamic/analytic psychotherapy delves into.
Psychotherapy is not a quick fix and yet the benefits far outweigh the negatives of living with depression for the rest of your life.
Effective therapy is multi-faceted and the actual regimen should be individually customised to the client’s needs. It is important to portray an accurate picture of depression that the patient can identify with. And then together the patient and psychotherapist can begin to investigate thoroughly the patient’s personal history so as to source out the reasons why depression should be a part of his/her life.
There are many types of depression, some temporary some more permanent. Milder depressive attacks can lead to bouts of severe and debilitating episodes over which the patient has no control. Without treatment, depression can become ingrained and then the onslaught on the psyche can be devastating.
Patients suffering from depression present a unique challenge to psychotherapists that pharmaceutical drug companies have failed to address.
Are you ready to investigate your own depression?