does therapy work?
June 28, 2007 9:20 PM Subscribe
I think I need to get back into therapy, but I also think that therapy doesn't work.
posted by timory to health & fitness (26 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I have had major depressive disorder since I was a teenager (granted, not all that long ago). Although I've been able to lead a relatively happy and sane existence thanks to medication, I feel like I'm going through a particularly rough patch right now, and that it would probably be best for me to seek therapy.
I've had therapy before, of course - I wouldn't be medicated without it - but it's only the drugs that have ever helped me. I am a very rational person, so it is not too difficult for me to understand on my own what exactly is wrong with me (I know, self-diagnosis is a bad thing...), but just because I understand it doesn't mean I can do anything about it. It seems to me that this is all therapy is; that is, rationalizing depressive feelings and thoughts in order to realize the root of the problem, thus eradicating it. For me, it just seems like I'm rehashing things I already know about myself.
I've never had any kind of horrible traumas or anything like that. This is just chemical, genetic depression, as far as anybody has been able to tell. Should I forgo the head shrinking and try for a new medication instead? Is it worth trying therapy again, or is my mental block going to guarantee fruitlessness? Or is that in itself something that should be worked through... in therapy?