Patients with more severe depression gain as much clinical benefit from low-intensity interventions, such as self-help books and websites, as those with less severe depression, researchers found. In a meta-analysis, patients who were more severely depressed at baseline had larger treatment effects with low-intensity interventions than those who were less depressed (coefficient -0.1, 95% CI -0.19 to -0.002), reported Peter Bower, PhD, of the University of Manchester in England, and colleagues online in BMJ. (read more) YES, THANK YOU...don't believe the hype about how essential drugs are in severe cases. … [click on title to read the rest]
lessons from a young monk
An early influence: while at university one of my professors of religion had a young Tibetan monk who'd been held and tortured for years by the Chinese visit our classroom...this young Tibetan man who had been tortured and imprisoned for many years exuded peace and joy and felt no hatred for his captors...his calm, loving and wholly genuine expression of equanimity and understanding of the human condition has stayed with me always. … [click on title to read the rest]
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