In this brief video clip, John uses the example of a depressed woman in an unhappy marriage to illustrate his point. The woman could treat her depressive symptoms with meds—and maybe feel a little better—but her depression would likely persist without investigating where it actually came from: a gradual distance between herself and her husband.
“Psychotherapists realize that there’s a symptom, and symptoms cause suffering,” John says. “But when you don’t address the underlying issue, it’s not a long-term solution. We’ve got to have a strong voice in saying, ‘In my clinical opinion, here are some issues that are enormously important.’”
In the Networker Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities, John teaches you how to recognize both the limits of medications and the role they can play in an integrative approach to depression.
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