July/August 2018

Editor's Note

July/August 2018

July/August 2018
We may look back on June 2018 as a tide-turning moment in public awareness of severe depression for reasons virtually all of us hate. In this issue, we illuminate the dark, often terrifying inner world of depression, and explore the widespread yet little-understood phenomenon of recurrent depression.
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In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

July/August 2018
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

July/August 2018
At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

The New Psychiatry

The Rise of Natural Mental Health

July/August 2018
Increasingly, psychiatrists are recognizing that offering medications as the primary treatment of depression for years and years is simply not working. Instead, there’s a growing movement toward using more holistic approaches based on the belief that body and mind can heal themselves if given the time and space to do so.
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Translating Coaching Into Therapy

The Benefits and the Boundaries

July/August 2018
Clinicians interested in applying coaching skills in psychotherapy believe that working more from a collaborative partnership position—like a personal trainer or a mentor—can produce faster change and, for many clients, enhanced motivation.

Clinician's Digest

For Immigrants and Their Therapists, a Frightening Reality

July/August 2018
New policies are deepening the trauma of many immigrants, and heightening challenges for the therapists trying to help them.

In Consultation

Becoming a Therapist for Each Other: How to Deepen Couples Therapy

July/August 2018
How to address one partner’s long-term issues in couples therapy without derailing work on the current relationship.

Case Study

The Challenge of Helping the People Pleaser: Setting Boundaries Can Be Risky

July/August 2018
Helping clients set boundaries can be a risky business, especially when people pleasing has been a lifelong strategy. * Commentary by Courtney Armstrong

Point of View

Developing Racial Literacy: How to Confront Our Unconscious Taboos

July/August 2018
Howard Stevenson’s program promotes “racial literacy” through skills that help us confront unconscious taboos and more effectively read and resolve racial encounters.
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Bookmarks

When Is Enough Enough?

July/August 2018
Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich believes that our obsession with longevity may have gone too far.

Family Matters

One Enchanted Evening

July/August 2018
Some shocking news brings back some tender memories.
July/August 2018
When Depression Comes Back
Going Beyond the Limits of Therapy