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From: "Nancy Gish" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: Impact of Literature (Was Re: Test of Time)
> I don't think anything is "always" best. But therapy can be the best for
many people. Also, there is a great difference between dealing with
neurosis and dealing with psychosis or problems like bipolar that have
physical conditions. But the latter probably also are helped by a
combination. In any case, I think what matters most is a good therapist;
some are just new problems.
> >>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> 11/14/07 2:04 PM >>>
> > David Boyd wrote:
> > In a message dated 14/11/2007 17:46:22 GMT Standard Time,
> > [log in to unmask] writes:
> > is it actually true that therapy is always best?
> [clip] >
> > Re the allegedly questionable efficacy of psychological /post-trauma
> > counselling, it can to be sure sometimes at worst or at it's least
> > appropriate be a blunt and crude instrument, but, surely almost
> > always it's far, far preferable that the 'counselee' be given the
> > opportunity to vent feelings and emotions of all kinds shapes
> My understanding is that cognitive therapy has about the same track
> record as ADs in the treatment of clinical depression. "Therapy" is an
> ambiguous, being used to label quite different procedures. I tend to see
> psychoanalysis as roughly in the same category with Pat Robinson's
> theology, but I don't doubt that for the reasons you give _some_
> psychoanalytic therapy turns out helpful merely by being another human
> to talk to. I haven't looked at the research on bipolar recently, but as
> I remember it and as bipolar friends inform me, therapy by itself is
> probably useless for it, but can be very useful, even necessary, as an
> adjunct to medication. (Probably the main aid the therapist can give in
> many instances to convince the patient that he/she is not as "crazy" as
> she thinks she is.
> P.S. Tabitha's post never came through to me, and I've missed at least
> one post on the Milton list recently. Sort of weird.
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