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Why antidepressants are still the best treatment for depression


This is an interesting article on a mental health theme,an often forgotten area.Having schizophrenia and having had episodes of depression,I do believe antidepressants work and take the edge off the suffering.I put on weight with mirtazapine.Sertraline my GP described as "the least of these devils". Sahaja Yoga meditation is a lifeline for me,and now there is randomised placebo-controlled trial evidence.Read "Silence Your Mind"(2014) by Dr Ramesh Manocha,GP and researcher at the university of Sydney in Australia.The author makes the point that if there is mental illness there should be supervision by a mental health professional.Those are not generally available so it is important that more is done to promote Sahaja Yoga.We need more Sahaja Yogis! My perception is that Stephen Bazire and pharmacist colleagues do not think highly of psychological therapies,calling them "the Emperor's New Clothes" or ENC,after the story by Hans Christian Andersen.This has connotations of vanity and not listening and nakedness and basically not being able to run a bath.The gloves are off and it is a bare knuckle fight.Certainly I find this with psychiatry.To be fair,the guru of Sahaja Yoga,Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi also said that She thought psychologists couldn't do much.I feel that mental health professionals do need to be more honest and kinder.They need to "cough up".About vulnerability to coughing or the sound of traffic in my schizophrenia or guilt related depression they need to say that coughing can be "most malicious" (Dickens) or "contemptuous" (Chekhov).It can be said that a collective crime against humanity is being committed by silence about things like what Carl Jung called the (painful) birth of collective consciousness.There is a silence about Sahaja Yoga. There is too much hiding behind the prescription pad and the role of the medication and not nearly enough honesty or candour.There is such a thing as a duty of candour too.

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2 AUG 2016

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