Talk therapies don’t work ( sometimes )

People with these mood disorders tend to respond to medication but not usually to talking therapies. Therapists with a narrow treatment approach will generally fail to be of any assistance to people who suffer from such conditions.

But sadly, as per the aphorism “if all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail”, some therapists reject any possibility they might be providing totally inappropriate treatment.

I cringe when recipients of such treatment – many substantially impaired for years – tell me their practitioner has reassured them that their continuing depression (which might have responded within weeks to an antidepressant drug) needs to be “experienced before it can be worked through,” or some other defensive pseudo-profound explanation.

In such cases, talking therapies are indirectly harmful by being inappropriate and ineffective.

One of the most important things to remember about depression is that there are a wide range of different treatments out there. What works for one person may not work for another person. There are a variety of treatments, some commonly known like exercise, a balanced diet and counseling, and others that are less talked about, like aromatherapy or using a weighted blanket for a quick cure. You need to make a decision on what works for you, and what can be incorporated into your routine. Another route you could go down for depression treatment is herbal remedies. For example, some people prefer to take a natural approach to balancing their mental health and use alternative remedies such as medical marijuana from dispensaries such as MMJ HERB to make their symptoms more manageable. As with anything mental health related, each person who lives with depression will find that some treatments are more effective than others and so if you are contemplating trying a new approach to treating your depression, remember to always do your research first.