If your goals in life are to be your best and live your best life, then what happens when mental illness takes a hold of you and everyone you hold dear? More importantly, what happens when one of the best treatments for depression is no longer being used? It’s kind of like the philosophical riddle, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
If no ones using psychotherapy, is it still relevant and effective?
Our World of Psychology post on psychotherapy and its decline as a treatment for depression sparked a conversation yesterday on Facebook. I was surprised to learn that many of our commenters cited things like cost, convenience and comfort level (as in not having to deal with the difficulties psychotherapy often brings about) as reasons for the decline. It was very similar to what was suggested in the post.
It had me wondering if this is reflecting a shift in our values and views as a society. As we become more accustomed to instant gratification, are we beginning to gravitate toward easy fixes via medication instead of taking the time and hard work necessary to get to the heart of our problems?