Irving Kirsch

Irving Kirsch

Depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and it is not cured by medication. Depression may not even be an illness at all. Often, it can be a normal reaction to abnormal situations. Poverty, unemployment, and the loss of loved ones can make people depressed, and these social and situational causes of depression cannot be changed by drugs.More Irving Kirsch quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Psychotherapy works, and some types of therapy have been shown to be much more effective than antidepressants over the long run.More Irving Kirsch quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Depression comes back over time in about 90 percent of people on antidepressants. Studies show that relapses are far less common when people are treated with psychotherapy.More Irving Kirsch quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Antidepressants can have troubling side effects and are addictive for some people.More Irving Kirsch quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Depression is a serious problem, but drugs are not the answer. In the long run, psychotherapy is both cheaper and more effective, even for very serious levels of depression. Physical exercise and self-help books based on CBT can also be useful, either alone or in combination with therapy. Reducing social and economic inequality would also reduce the incidence of depression.More Irving Kirsch quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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