Tripped over a great post from Just Noticeable Differences on the “Vienna Psychoanalyic Society”. Organized by Freud as a support group for his students, it eventually launched the careers of the first dissenters from his orthodox view of psychiatry. In retrospect, Freud got a lot of attention perhaps because of his preoccupation with what many people confused with sex. Yes, sex was included in his concepts if the ID. His definition of sex included sensuality of all kinds.
Image via WikipediaMental illness is less understood than most people think. Common sense would have it that good parenting makes all the difference. It’s just not that simple. The NY Times has a great series on “Troubled Children” that is well worth the read. The articles include some good background on the nature of mental illness and it’s development. Today six million American children have been diagnosed with a serious mental disorders, a number that has tripled since the early 1990’s.
The National Health Service in Britain has adopted Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as the first choice treatment for depression and anxiety. Collective experience is that medication is very expensive and has disappointing results. The article from Times Online argues that CBT has trouble maintaining results in the long run. However, the issue isn’t what therapy works best, it’s about what therapy works best for whom. Anti-depressant medications and CBT has the most impressive outcomes, but these measurements seldom look at long-term outcomes.
On-line education with chat room support for eating disorders, on-line self-help support for depression, on-line treatment for panic disorder, on-line and phone-based help for sexual problems, and phone therapy with miscarriage sufferers have been recently studied as reported in recent journal articles. While this is exciting and concerning at the same time, these studies is only a beginning of a new area of research in providing mental health services. I’m committed to having some part in this process and hope you will join me in this effort by visiting ePsyQ.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has become “THE” evidenced-based psychotherapy. The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists explains what that means. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most researched psychotherapeutic approach because: each cognitive-behavioral approach has specific techniques that can be tested for effectiveness; CBT encourages the development of specific goals that are measurable, and, therefore, can be researched; cognitive-behavioral therapists (to varying degrees) are interested in the research and research process; cognitive-behavioral therapists are not interested in techniques that “feel right” or “seem correct”, but techniques that are effective.