> David Boyd wrote:
> - surely, this is *chemical* therapy, and not necessarily anything at
> all to do with counselling per se - either with 'professional'
> counselling or just 'talking about' what's happened - eg., with
> 'victim support' as happens quite a lot as regards crime victims in
> UK - I think we're on differing wavelengths / frequencies !!!
Very possibly. It's also quite possible that we agree but don't share
the terminology to talk about it. It's possible that what you call
"counselling" I call cognitive therapy. I stopped taking ADs 2 years
ago, and should have stopped taking them several years before that. But
in 1985 when I first took amitriptylene (generic of Elavil) it possibly
saved my life and it certainly made it possible for me to go on
teaching. So I neither sneer at "chemical" treatment nor am committed to
My posts dealt mostly with "non-chemical" therapies, and only
incidentally with ADs. As I said, the research in the U.S. anyhow
suggests that cognitive therapy and "chemical" have about the same rate
of success, though in the case of depression "success" is a pretty
slippery matter -- and even more slippery in reference to bipolar.