is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs by A.B. Curtiss
Hardcover, 480 pages.
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Over seventeen million Americans suffer from depression, with
symptoms ranging from mild sadness to incapacitating misery. A.B.
Curtiss is a board certified cognitive therapist, who was herself
diagnosed with manic depression. Both her father and brother were
also severe depressives, who did not benefit substantially from
years of traditional treatment: psychotherapy and anti-depressant
drugs. Through a trial and error process and much study, Dr. Curtiss
came to realize that it was her reaction to the depressive feeling
which was really incapacitating -- not necessarily the underlying
chemical imbalance which was causing the problems she was experiencing.
By separating the idea of herself from her "mind" she
was able to distract herself from depressive thoughts as soon
as they showed up. Curtiss gives specific examples of directed
thinking which she has used to great effect in her life.
strongly rejects the notion that we cannot control our own moods,
saying "We are not some kind of empty bags that periodically
fill up with either pain or joy. The overwhelming feelings of
depression lead us to believe we have nothing within us to fall
back on. But this is not true
.It is our moods that come
.our mind always remains completely intact and immediately
available to us when depression hits.
We simply have to
remember how to properly access it at this time." (p. 200)
Curtiss' work will be of great benefit to those who wish to take
control of their own recovery and feelings. In fact, Curtiss'
theories will also be of help in teaching people to control their
own minds, while they are on antidepressants with the ultimate
goal of being drug-free. One caveat: these techniques will likely
be beyond seriously ill or suicidal patients, and seem more suited
to treat mild to moderate depression.
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