Friday, January 27, 2023

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  • Thank you Nancy99! On a personal note irrelevant to the article, I have only recently discovered that the medication I have taken for well over 2 decades has not made me well or whole or in any way improved my life. Now that I have successfully weened myself from psychiatry altogether, I am faced with finding a new definition for my malady and addressing it in a more productive way than taking pills and reporting monthly for further humiliation. I’m finding rumination to be a major obstacle to daily life. The act of ruminating, which occupies the vast majority of my waking hours and many hours I would rather be aleep, consists of replaying the past and suspected future in search of…I don’t even know what. It’s like I’ve lost my keys and can’t leave the house until i find them (and then when I do occasionally find them I set about looking for a way to avoid losing them again, starting with a full accounting for how I lost them last time.)

    All of this is just to say, I think you may be on to something here. I appreciate you sharing it.

  • FWIW I did not intend to suggest that CBT or any other therapy is universally beneficial or that “reports of harm…must be untrue”. I merely find this particular study to have used questionable means to arrive a gripping headline. All the study really seems to show is that recovery often includes some unpleasant processes. So I guess if there are people out there struggling with symptoms of “mental illness” and they find their way to a therapist believing “once I walk through that door my troubles will magically vanish and I will be wonderfully happy and deeply fulfilled for the rest of my life,” then perhaps it would be good for someone to tell them it’s not so simple—which this study accomplishes. But for anyone trying to weigh the various costs and benefits of different approaches to solving a mental health crisis, this study comes awfully close to falsifying evidence. The fact that it includes some “intended events” as “side-effects” is a major red-flag. They’ve actually changed the definition of side-effects for the purposes of boosting numbers.