Recent research and insights have given a new understanding of depression, not as a deficit in chemicals, but as a problem with neurogenesis (new brain growth and connection). Antidepressants may work by promoting brain cell and neuronal growth and connection, but there are other ways, within the grasp of therapists, counselors and addiction specialists that can make an immediate and lasting difference in helping relieve depression. This session will give three simple methods for relieving depression using insights from recent brain science.
In the age in which psychotropic medications have largely replaced psychotherapy, or medications are primary when psychotherapy is included, this presentation will demonstrate how psychotherapy alone can take precedence over medications, and achieve better outcomes than are currently being seen in our failing mental health system.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common mood disorder on earth and earlier this year was ranked as the number one cause of suffering and disability worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and many different theories have been formulated to describe its etiology and course. In this joint presentation, Drs. Polster and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, the liberal use antidepressant medications, and why good psychotherapy is more important than ever.
Many patients in psychotherapy practices are also taking various psychotropic medications including anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anxiolytics, to name just a few. The psychotherapists of the 21st Century not only need to be masters at their own craft, but they also need a working knowledge of these various medications, their common side-effects, and how these medications can both help and hinder the psychotherapeutic process.
This workshop addresses everything from cruelty in families, to terrorism in politics and the abuse of psychopharmacology and managed care. It offers a higher order resolution method to all levels of human conflict and a model of human dignity.
Genuine integration of highly skilled psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy has, for some, become a lost art. However, careful use of both can be highly effective for clients. Using a model we have developed over 10 years of collaboration on complex child, family and adult cases, we demonstrate how Ericksonian therapies and biological treatments can be skillfully integrated to improve outcomes for our clients. Case examples will bring the core elements of our model to life.