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July 19, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Can the iPhone do psychotherapy?


"Candorville" by Darrin Bell.

There's something to this.

A person can only focus on one thing at a time.

Changing that focus — especially if it's involuntary — is in many cases the key to resolution of emotional disruption.

Anything that works is worth considering, especially if the downside is minimal or nonexistent.

No psychiatric medication yet has been invented without side effects, in some cases worse than the condition being treated.

July 19, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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"No psychiatric medication yet has been invented without side effects, in some cases worse than the condition being treated."

And this is where psychiatry gets it wrong -- psychiatric meds are designed for medical stabilization only...not for chronic care. And yet, they are prescribed every single day for this purpose.

Almost every psychiatric disorder is an attempt at homeostasis....an attempt to maintain what seems to be normal for whomever. Multiple variables involved in balancing this normal and the overcorrection of these variables will cause instability. What the drugs do is to come in and regulate one single variable in the equation without examining surrounding ecosphere that caused that now muted variable to destabilize in the first place...and the same causes will then act upon it until the medication can no longer quiet it, in the attempt to maintain the homeostasis once again.

Again, for acute care and immediate stabilization these drugs can be very powerful tools to get individuals into a framework that may provide real treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Maybe getting them out of a bad situation...antipsychotics are given regularly to those in abusive relationships. When did not being smart enough to get away from someone that beats you become a disease that needs to be treated with a pill instead of calling the police. Hell, every day dysthymia is treated with a drug...it isn't even a full depression...it is a hatred of your surroundings and situation and the idea that we don't have free will, nor cannot change the things that we hate.

These are reasons I can't stand this field any more...we want hard things to be easy and we want to take a pill and pretend that everything that caused our lives to be miserable to go away. Go have a drink or smoke something if this is what you want...it will end up giving the same release...and you might make some friends in the process and maybe not be depressed any more.

Ok...back to nursing my hangover. Chicago is a bad bad town...

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 20, 2010 9:54:05 AM

Hmmm, I wonder...
Resolution of emotional disruption?
I could see interruption, but resolution?
But then, maybe enough involuntary focus changing could demonstrate the capacity if not yet the accomplishment of a different, non-stuck way of thinking & being...but what do I know.

Posted by: Flautist | Jul 19, 2010 6:25:37 PM

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