Want to instill hope in your depressed clients? According to Jim Gordon, author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression, you can start by reinforcing the idea that antidepressants aren’t always necessary for recovery.
Jim Gordon explains how medication isn’t necessary to treat depression.
When we frame depression as a disease, Jim says, it can seem insurmountable and discourage our clients. But there’s no consistent biochemical abnormality in depression, he adds, so the disease analogy and the promise of antidepressants as a cure just doesn't hold water.
Watch this video clip to see why, according to Jim, depression isn’t a disorder, but an identity crisis and spiritual journey. By dispelling the myth that long-term usage of antidepressants is necessary for recovery, you can instill hope.
In our Webcast series, Making the Mind-Body Connection in Talk Therapy, Jim explains why a mind-body therapeutic approach—including medication alternatives such as herbal supplements, physical exercise, and even drawing—is a proven treatment method that helps the body heal the mind.