The most recent research has shown that psychotherapy has limited benefits for the depressed.
According to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the so-called talk therapy holds very little value for those who are truly depressed. The cases that show this lack of any effect on depression never made it to the psychology journals. And all along it was more of an illusion that analysts and their patients stuck to.
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The dark figure of failures that remained unreported shows a pattern. And that is that even cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal therapy were not entirely effective at ameliorating the devastating nature of full-blown depressive illness.
Most physicians also know this much that the journals have exaggerated the benefits of most anti-depressant drugs. This too has the same story behind it. The bias runs the gamut of most of the articles that get published in the journals.
With this new data both doctors and patients will get a more sober perspective on the chances of success that psychotherapy has for the mentally ill. From five to six million Americans receive psycho-therapeutic services for depression on an annual basis. Some of them also take drugs to suppress the symptoms of the debilitating illness.
What comes as a surprise is that there are many who only go to a doctor and take medicine for the depression. They too tend to recover from their malady with the passage of time. Then the question is that what is the need for costly psychotherapy sessions on the couch?
Apparently, a mere 20% extra benefit is attached to lying on a couch and telling your troubles to a psychiatrist. In the past the figure was a more optimistic 30%. But now we know better.
There are so many patients who don’t reap the rewards of psychotherapy sessions. Scientists are now adamant that all the results need to be brought before the public eye. This is being done for the sake of transparency.
Cognitive behavior therapy came out on top as a viable way out of the tunnel vision of depression. By cancelling all negative and self-defeating ideas as they arise in the mind, the patient overcomes his or her inner critical voices and achieves sanity and wholeness.
Yet even here there is a huge gap between the hype and the truth. The palliative effects are limited and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.
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Depression is not something to be taken lightly. It requires all of one’s courage along with support from one’s family and community to overcome this disease which has been called the Black Dog of the Mind.