Thursday, May 26, 2022

Comments by Bri

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  • Moni, well done! I’m very happy for you. I had never heard of breathwork and will check out your videos. Your approach sounds intriguing. Is the bipolar breathwork specifically for that condition, or is it versatile enough to help others in psychological need, too? I will definitely look at it.

    I’ve had a fascination with trauma-based techniques for years, after I recovered from the trauma that once fueled my own severe depression. I used the works of Dr. John Sarno in my healing journey — your mention of the word “perfectionist” reminded me of his approach — but I don’t favor his approach over anyone else’s, or vice versa. The bottom line is that there are a number of very effective drug-free approaches to deal with trauma, but sadly, so few people who are suffering from emotional issues are ever told about them. The mental health care community simply refuses to believe that so many psychological issues are directly caused by trauma.

    The mental health care system is a mess: far too much drug dispensing, and misguided approaches to psychotherapy.

  • This article brings up some difficult memories of my own, and makes me shake my head at the mental health care system. Diagnosed with severe depression in the late 1980’s, I fell through the gaps of the system for the better part of two decades with little to show for it. I was on as many as four drugs at once, even though they rarely helped. (Despite this, I was also told I’d always need meds.) Since I didn’t respond to therapy, either, psychotherapists routinely accused me of exaggerating — or outright faking — my difficulties (holding down jobs, social issues, etc.) and scolded me by saying “other people have problems, too.”

    Through nearly two decades, with well over a dozen professionals and multiple hospitalizations, no “expert” ever bothered doing a thorough case history. Not even one. Had they done so, they would have uncovered severe trauma I suffered at a very early age. (In my attempt to rationalize it as a small child, I had convinced myself back then that everybody suffered early life trauma, that it’s a normal part of life and you’re supposed to just move on. As the years went by, I thought of it less and less.) Instead, my doctors drilled it into me that only the present mattered, and going anywhere beyond the recent past was just a lazy excuse to avoid dealing with the present.

    I HAD NO IDEA, until my 40’s, that trauma could affect a person so adversely. That’s when a more competent doctor connected the dots, and we were able to address the trauma (the ACTUAL problem) with precise therapy — no meds required. I’ve made incredible improvement since and now function at my highest level ever, but it still makes me shake my head at all the years that were lost because no professional took an in-depth history. What a horrible waste of life.

    Like the writer, I think the mental health care system is a mess: far too much drug dispensing in general, and terribly misguided approaches to psychotherapy, particularly on the more severe cases.

  • Dr. Brogan, I agree with you that depression is a symptom, not a disease. I spent years consulting psychiatrists and psychologists who used strictly mainstream approaches to treat my depression; afterward, I didn’t have much to show for it except enormous frustration, and the persistent, strong feeling that my doctors weren’t nearly as confident as they claimed to be.

    My own holistic approach that I used to conquer my long-term depression differs from yours somewhat, but I also acknowledge that some problems have more than one effective solution. I whole-heartedly agree with you that it’s a mistake to use a medication-based approach with depression, and that most psychiatrists, while perhaps well-meaning, do a disservice to the public by doing so.

    May I make a suggestion? I went to look at your books on Amazon, and I couldn’t check the table of contents on either one. I’ve always liked to see the TOC before I purchase a book and I assume that some others do, as well, and I didn’t know if there was a reason that’s not enabled.