Thursday, August 7, 2008

Psychotherapy is seemingly a luxury for the majority

Anyone seeking a talk therapy nowadays may come across a harsh opposition. The U.K. government is trying to put a ban on psychoanalysis. This is maybe the most scary example of under what kind of a threat talk therapy recently is.

Psychotherapy can be very abstract at times. It can be so abstract that most people feel difficulty to understand what it is all about. Since it deals with defense mechanisms and resistance of the mind, it is really very easy and quick to show resistance towards such an abstract approach.

Of course it is far from being an abstract thing for people who have a good and strong psychotherapy experience.

There are several arguments on why psychotherapy is not as popular as it was in the past. One of those arguments is about the developing medical industry working on brain chemistry. I am really against this because on most types of depression and anxiety, playing with the brain chemistry is only a rehabilitation and not a treatment.

They say that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. This chemical is serotonin and the primary role of contemporary antidepressants is to increase the traffic of serotonin in the brain. I think the opposite about serotonin. I think the decrease of serotonin traffic in the brain is the result of depression, not the other way around.

Therefore, if you really want to cure depression, medical industry is not the answer. Human mind and emotions have a different language than the biochemical language. It is very possible that symptoms of depression are biological. However, symptoms are symptoms, they are not depression itself. Depression treatment has to be applied differently. I can accept antidepressions as a mean of rehabilitation, since rehabilitation is also an important factor in treatment, however it cannot cure your depression.

Psychotherapy can cure your depression and anxiety. Moreover, it is you, who is going to cure and rescue your mind and soul from depression. Psychotherapy - especially psychoanalysis - deals with your subconscious and your subconscious is nowhere to be found in your brain. It is not something physical. It is not something you can touch and try to repair through medicines.

What is getting ill and being healed is the mind and mind is not the brain. People have to be more open to the seemingly mysterious and abstract framework of human mind. Of course, what psychotherapy is able to cure and what not is another debate but I am sure that it is the right treatment for many mental illnesses.