Another nail in the coffin for self-awareness or conscious action. Now more and more insurance companies don’t cover the “talking cure” — only the chemical temporary fix.
This therapist from the 70s used to “know the internal life of his patients better than his own wife’s.” The emotional backlash of that marital gaff notwithstanding, that is how it should be.
To quote from this NY Times article:
“Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists, Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient. So Dr. Levin sent the man away with a referral to a less costly therapist and a personal crisis unexplored and unresolved.”
Drug companies have won. With the Feds lifting the ban on advertising prescription medicine, the last 10 years have been an unrelenting attack on resolving emotional conflict the old fashion way: dealing.
The American people (just ask them) have been successfully brainwashed. Ask anyone. Is depression a disease? Oh, yes. And can it be treated? Oh yes. Is it psychological or emotional? What?
To paraphrase buddhist philosophy, “Depression arises because of conditions.” It is a response to conditions. Do I need to repeat that?
One of my personal heros — the late, great social theorist, author and professor, Christopher Lasch nailed it when he wrote, “Bureaucracy takes social grievances and turns them into personal problems.”
While we are pummeled with statistics like that posted by the DOH saying that more than 22 million people have crippling depression, there is zero interest in the WHY of this massive group-hurt. What are people responding to?