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This is the therapeutic method that I have been teaching over the past four years. Truth is that I never learnt this method academically, I studied and practised social sciences when much younger and combined this knowledge with 15 years of Buddhist mindfulness practice to come up with a method incredibly similar to what is being taught as MBCT. I only learnt of MBCT earlier this year! It is a fact that mindfulness pracice is incredibly effective in cases of stress/anxiety and depression. I have had fantastic results with getting people to stop medication. If the case is psychiatric I do not reccomend cutting medication BUT 99% of the people I work with have a psychological or social problem and not a psychiatric problem. Unfoprtunately doctors here in Greece dish out anti-psychotics and tricyclics as if they are candy!orgyen jigmed wrote:On the other hand, many experience unpleasant side effects, rates of adherence tend to be low, and many express a preference for alternative ethnomedicines, spiritual practices or psychological interventions. In response to this challenge, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed with a specific focus on preventing relapse/recurrence of depression (Segal, Williams,& Teasdale, 2002). MBCT is a relatively brief, 8-week group program. With 8-15 service users per group, MBCT has the potential to help a large number at relatively low cost compared with individual therapies, and may provide an alternative approach for relapse prevention (Teasdale et al., 2008).
"gregkavarnos wroteUnfortunately doctors here in Greece dish out anti-psychotics and tricyclics as if they are candy!
orgyen jigmed wrote:"gregkavarnos wroteUnfortunately doctors here in Greece dish out anti-psychotics and tricyclics as if they are candy!
Although I need to be careful not to be dangerously irresponsible particularly towards damaging the confidence of service users pertaining the competence of psychiatrists in general, or the reputation of psychiatry, it remains a fact that there exist hidden personal financial rewards and incentives meant for those psychiatrists who can increase sales for the pharmaceutical industry – especially from the promotion of antipsychotic drugs.
Without a doubt, there is a greater role for the pharmaceutical industry in supplying drugs to treat these 'new' disorders. For example, there is now evidence that "every psychiatric expert involved in writing the standard diagnostic criteria for disorders such as depression and schizophrenia has had financial ties to drug companies that sell medications for those illnesses" (Washington Post, April 2006).
On the other hand mental illness is real, and most psychiatrists neither misuse nor abuse psychiatry. As can be testified by many service users and their families’ psychiatry have been found of increasing value. However, while antipychotics and tricyclics have been claimed to have specific action against psychotic symptoms, some critics also argue they act in a much cruder way by producing a chemical lobotomy or a "chemical straight jacket" which inhibits all creative thought processes.
Nevertheless, it must be emphasised that in sever cases of depression or other serious mental illness these drugs are a necessity not an option, and until they ‘kick in’ other forms of therapy including psychotherapy such as MBCT - cannot be useful. What I am arguing here is only that while psychiatry and Mental Health Services all over, applauds the role of such drugs in emptying the hospitals, critics such as Moncrieff (1997) argue that they merely helped to replace expensive custodial care with long-term drug-induced control.
Washington Post, April, 2006. "Experts Defining Mental Disorders Are Linked to Drug Firms". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02560.html
Moncrieff, J. (1997, Summer). Psychiatric imperialism: the medicalisation of modern living. Critical Psychiatry Network. Reprinted from Soundings, 6. http://www.critpsynet.freeuk.com/sound.htm
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Gyaltsen Tashi wrote:Would Black Manjushri be a good practice for those with paranoid schizophrenia?