Depression a creeping mental disease

One in 10 people in the UK said they had no friends and one in five reported feeling unloved in the fortnight preceding the survey. Those who have friends frequently go through life unaware that others do not, because those others are so isolated as to be socially invisible. Because I have written about depression, some such people have reached out to me for advice, describing its universal bleakness and the bleaker reality of suffering without the cushion of love.

Depression a creeping mental disease

Is it a disease? An existential or spiritual crisis? Several of my fellow PT bloggers posted on depression recently.

Depression a creeping mental disease

I want to discuss depression here as a clinical and forensic psychologist who has been practicing psychotherapy for more than three decades. For me, the crucial question of whether depression unipolar or bipolar is a disease stems from the somewhat dubious application of the medical model to the theory and practice of psychiatry and psychology.

What is the "medical model"? The medical model is the paradigm on which the practice of clinical medicine is founded: Symptoms are seen as manifestations of pathological physiological processes disease which are diagnosed and then treated with whatever methods available.

The purpose of medical treatment is to eliminate, suppress or control the symptoms of disease. To, as much as possible, reduce suffering and prolong life. Physicians have been faithfully adhering to this honorable paradigm and practice since the time of Hippocrates. The medical model is a particular way of viewing human suffering, decay, dysfunction and, ultimately, death.

It is a paradigm, a lens through which physicians and others perceive certain abnormal or aberrant phenomena like leukemia, diabetes, and now, depression and many other mental disorders.

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But despite the immense contribution of the medical model in diagnosing and treating disease, its literal application to archetypal human experiences such as depression, psychosisand anxiety is problematical. There is no denying that those who suffer from severe depression are ill.

Depression can be debilitating and, in some cases, deadly. Physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, chronic paindiarrhea, insomnia etc. The real question is what form should that treatment take?

The answer to this depends in part on how one understands the etiology or cause of depression and other major mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and psychosis.

There are various theories as to the cause of depression, none of which have been unequivocally proven. These causal theories include biological, psychological, social and spiritual explanations. Research indicates the likelihood of at least some genetic predisposition to unipolar and bipolar depression, as well as psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

But biological predisposition is not causation.

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Other sometimes unrecognized catalysts are required: The newly discovered evidence that brain scans show a significant signature for bipolar disorder, cited by Dr. Lawlis in his recent post, is yet another phenomenon which, like biochemical theories, begs the classic question of chicken or egg: Could biochemical imbalances or aberrant blood flow patterns in the brain be additional symptoms rather than causes of depression?

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