Why therapy is fundamental


I do not believe depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not contradicting science and arguing that there are demons in our heads that need to be exorcised. I simply refuse to believe that depression is just a chemical imbalance in our brains.

Depression in an illness. Implying a detectable abnormality in our bodies makes this assumption more real; it can be seen, proved. In other words, we are not making this up and moaning about being sad, it’s a fact. Having a scientific way to prove that depression exists and it’s not just a musing also makes most of us accept the idea of taking pills.

My problem with the idea of blaming the chemical imbalance is that some people seem to believe that depression is only a chemical imbalance that can be cured with pills. My fear is that they would rely…

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  1 comment for “Why therapy is fundamental

  1. February 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    This is a great post – thanks for sharing. I too have lived with the debilitating symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder for over 30 years now, and while it is “manageable”, I’m still living a fake life alone. I would love to find a solution in therapy (I have tried pills too, but haven’t found one that does anything except wrap my head in a semi-permeable film). So far the years-long journeys into myself have yielded only more coping skills. I have these in abundance, but would still like to press my off-switch the day after my parents are gone!

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