> 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?
> 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.