Rethinking Depression

Dr. Charles Raison makes explicit at the beginning of the below video that the general argument he’s making can be made about all labeled psychiatric disorders — that is: most often, they are not brain disorders as popularly understood in psychiatry, but instead a combination of many things in our lives and environments intersecting with our bodies, too.

Rethinking How We Understand and Treat Depression: Charles Raison

Dr. Charles Raison “Coming to our Senses: Rethinkng How We Understand and Treat Depression”. Dr. Raison is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, in the College of Medicine. See also this book he wrote: Treating the Whole Patient: Exploring the Healing Potential of a Mind-Body Approach to Mental Health

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This also supports the idea that there are as many paths to wellness as their are human beings. There are endless combinations of possible causes for all these so-called distinct psychiatric disorders that the DSM claims are diagnosis.

Some posts that consider this issue:

and see also:

And a post, reposted:

Everything Matters

When it comes to wellbeing (mental and physical) and prevention of illness too many people will do anything they can to avoid the truth.

EVERYTHING matters. The body you were born with. The body you have today. Your relationships with others and the planet, the food you eat, and the air you breath…. how often you move your body and the thoughts you nurture in your mind and soul.

That is what understanding ourselves as holistic beings entails. Understanding our relationship to EVERYTHING in our environment, what we’re born with and how it’s all connected. It’s not some sort of new age hogwash. It’s just plain and simple reality.

This idea got extended into my (mini) memoir on Mad in America: Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs

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