James Gordon who I highlighted here when he was interviewed for Newsweek, has now been interviewed on NPR. He claims, rightly so, as far as I’m concerned that depression is not a disease. Listen on NPR here.
They have another psychiatrist for “balance” holding up big pharma’s and general psychiatrys take on the issue, Dr. Kramer, saying that it is a disease.
More refreshing perspective here on NPR from James Gordon, in any case. Also see: Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression
Depression is a wake-up call! We are not living our life as we should. We need to recover and re-balance. Or alternatively life is hard. All the sages through out history have known that. In Buddhism they say, “live is suffering.” They also teach skills to escape that suffering.
My mother-in-law died today. I’m not doing so great. Dr. Kramer might say I’m suffering from a disease.
James Gordon rightly knows I can deal with my grief by simple non-pharmaceutical methods.
His message is one of hope and recovery!
Note: In response to a post out there in the blogosphere, for the record, I have never, ever suggested people come off their meds. I think people should make up their own mind and so know too that I have never lectured anyone about stopping any drug. That would simply be dangerous.
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