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Depression Good for You?…Maybe Not

A vigorous response to the NYT’s Depression’s Upside article by Dr. Ronald Pies at PsychCentral:

[W]e have the myth of depression as a “clarifying force,” or as an “adaptive response to affliction” — notions being advanced by a number of psychologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists. Thus, Lehrer quotes psychiatrist Andy Thomson as saying, “…even if you are depressed for a few months, the depression might be worth it if it helps you better understand social relationships… Maybe you realize you need to be less rigid or more loving. Those are insights that can come out of depression, and they can be very valuable.”

Now, with all due respect to Dr. Thomson, I am inclined to ask, “Worth it to whom?”

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW