Dr. Peter Breggin is a rare bird – a psychiatrist who does not believe in drugs. He has been a psychotherapist (and psychiatrist) for over 45 years.
He never gives psychiatric drugs to people who are depressed – there are too many warnings on these drugs, and could very well make them feel worse.
He believes, as I do, that depression is a total loss of hope. When we have hope, we think we have a future, love, companionship and connection. Hopelessness is a loss of all this. The loss of hope may have begun in childhood or later in life, but the one measure that can predict recovery from depression is hopefulness.
Yes, there is likely a chemical imbalance in the brain, but that is not the cause – just another result of the loss of hopefulness. Therefore, the most fundamental thing to help someone – and to help yourself if you’re depressed – is to build a hopeful relationship. A loving and supportive relationship with another. If possible, discover where you lost hope, and then seek help to unravel that time in your life, re-adding hopefulness into your life and re-taking charge.
There is a truism that once we realize it, we realize we’ve always known it: that we can only get what we seek; and so this means that if we want to enjoy life, we must seek what we love to do. It’s something we need to take charge of, not something that will necessarily come our way otherwise.
Being depressed can actually be a hopeful sign, because it means you still have feelings: that you hate where you’re at means that you know where you want to be. Your feelings mean you have a passion and a huge capacity for life that has been thwarted and inhibited by life circumstances.
If you’re depressed, then see if you can find the passion that’s been buried under pain and disappointment, and find the help you need to unearth and revive it. Rediscover what you’re missing, what you’ve lost, what blocks it. It’s in each of our hands to discover how we want to live and then to do just that.
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Quote of the Day
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
At times we need more – we know the logic, know what to do. And yet something is still blocking us. As a registered psychotherapist and stress coach, I offer individual one-on-one consultations. For more information, visit my websitewww.thejoyofliving.co/programs or contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org