April 25, 2014

Your Questions About Common Medical Treatments For Depression

Donald asks…

Is it common for psycho-therapists to recommend marijana?

My (former) therapist kept bringing up pot and how it could help me (this is in California where it is legal). It made me feel uncomfortable so I stopped seeing him. I was afraid it would be in his medical records that I was a pot-head without him stating that he’s the one who got me into it, I just felt creepy about the whole thing. Is this a common procedure for therapists to recommend as a treatment for depression?

AttorneyJG answers:

In my state, the use if marijuana is illegal for any purpose. So ethically this would prevent me from recommending use of it for emotional purposes. And the possession or use of marijuana in California is NOT legal, contrary to popular belief….. It’s merely decriminalized. In some states, marijuana can be prescribed for treatment of certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma or nausea from chemotherapy.

Even if it was completely legal and ethical for me to encourage a client to try marijuana for some emotional difficulties, I would NEVER recommend it for a depressed client. Marijuana tends to not only have a sedating effect (the reason why lots of people smoke pot to get to sleep), but with many people it tends to be a mood-magnifier. Insecure or anxious people often get paranoid on pot. Some depressed people can get more depressed. So I would not run that risk.

Susan asks…

Do insurance companies have too much influence in what medical treatment you recieve?

My has been diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer.The first medicine he received was MORPHINE.It never controlled the pain. Had alot of side effects.Confusion,dissiness,depression,over-tiredness.The doctor seemed reluctant to try a new medicine.When i told him how the morphine was reacting with him he would just double the doseage.When the dr. finally changed his medicine to oxycontin the side effects went away and i have my dad back,for now. Upon filling the new medicine i noticed there was over a thousand dollar price difference on one medicine alone. Does anyone believe that my father and people like him are suffering b/c doctors are putting the interests of the insurance companies over the patients. Is this common for doctors to prescribe the more financially conservative treatment over the more effective one first. Did my father lose this much precious time in the name of commerce? It’s all kinda hard to swallow for me right now.

AttorneyJG answers:

Ins. Companies don’t give a damn about your Father or his health. They are in the business of making money from pain and suffering.

Chris asks…

Does my paper about depression seem accurate? Convincing?

Did you know that, according to outofthedarkness.org more Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS? Depression causes suicide, monetary losses, immense emotional suffering, and other diseases. The Uplift Program says that 15% of depressed people will commit suicide. This contributes to the 33,000 people in the United States that commit suicide every year. Outofthedarkness also says that 75% of people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. The Uplift Program also states that according to studies depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020. There is also the financial aspect. The previous source goes on to state that depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills. Studies are increasingly linking more illnesses to depression, including: osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer, eye disease and back pain. Arguable the biggest consequence of depression is the deep emotional pain. Hopelessness, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy are very common. The biggest symptom is just utter despair and misery with no hope. No one should have to live through that.

Depression is caused in the brain. It is a physical disorder, like asthma or a vitamin deficiency. With a combination of therapy and anti-depressants 80% of depression can be significantly improved. So why is it that 80% of depression goes untreated, leading to years in emotional pain or suicide? The answer is in the social stigma applied to depression and a lack of education. 54% of people believe that depression is a personal weakness, according to the uplift program. This leads to people hiding it, not wanting to be labeled as “emo” or weird. No one can deny how judgmental teens are, and this is why it needs to be discussed and talked about. There is also the fact that there is practically no education on depression. The Illinois State Board of Education’s website lists state goals for health education. They list that students should know how to wash hands by a certain age or talk about pollution’s effect on our health but nowhere do they mention the 3rd highest killer of teenagers. At any given point more people are suffering from depression than colds, yet our state thinks it is more important to educate us on the flu?! Health class is mandated all the way to high school, but they couldn’t find one week to dedicate to it?

While there is no easy way to “cure” depression overnight there are many things to do to provide help. Depression CAN be treated. What needs to happen is people need to recognize depression and seek help. A little education can do a lot. One week of health class curriculum devoted to warning signs and how to get help can drastically change people’s views. According to ABC news a group of more than 3,500 students took a test on knowledge on depression, completed a depression curriculum, and then took the test again. The number of students scoring 80 percent or higher more than tripled after the program. This shows that a little education can educate a lot. With 80% of people with depression not seeking treatment for a variety of reasons including shame or not recognizing their symptoms education could help a lot. People could go from thinking their depression is shameful to realizing it is a disorder that can be treated. Students should be taught the warning signs of depression and suicide, that way they can recognize it. 80% of teens who committed suicide showed warning signs. If people recognized these the people could get help. Education is key. With proper education depression will go from being taboo to a disorder that should be treated.

In conclusion depression, which is very prevalent, causes suicide, monetary losses, and deep emotional pain. A large part of the problem is people’s lack of education, which leads to people not getting help, along with the feelings of shame associated. This can be changed if people are educated. If people were educated on the warning signs, what causes it, and that it could be treated fewer Americans would suffer every day. Every person can help solve this problem. Learn the warning signs. Learn the cause. Learn how to help a friend. If you suspect someone you know may be suicidal tell someone. If you are feeling depressed or suicidal call 1-800-SUICIDE for help.
Did you actually read it?
I am giving at as a speech
so yeah, talking kind of sounds like babble
The only problem is technically it is a speech not a paper, for competetive public speaking, so I can’t do the number thing, and you are supposed to say things like “in conclusion”, it is kinda how it works

AttorneyJG answers:

Instead of saying ‘according to (blank)’ cite it by putting in a little number and the citation on teh bottom (more to it than I can explain here). All you need is the number, don’t mention in words who you got info from.

Try having less details/facts in teh opening paragraph, put those instead (great facts by the way) in the body paragraphs.

You began a tangent on the financial effects in the introduction and then never wrote more of it in another paragraph. Either delete the sentences or write another paragraph.

Yeah it was really convincing though, GREAT facts.

Oh and try not to say ‘in conclusion’. It’s very… 5th grade. Just delete those two worsd, the sentence will mak it apparant that it is a conclusion on it’s own.

Charles asks…

Can anyone please help me with a few psychology questions i had trouble with?

1. _______ therapy involves using various psychoactive drugs to treat mental disorders.

2. Your friend believes that psychotherapy is useless and that emotional problems are just as likely to go away without treatment. You disagree because evaluation studies have found that psychotherapy:
has an approximate success rate of 50 percent
is more effective than no treatment
is more effective than drug therapy
may be effective because the patient expects it to be effective

3.Which of the following is not a technique developed by Freud as a part of psychoanalytic treatment?
progressive relaxation
free association
analysis of slips of the tongue
dream interpretation

4. According to Carl Rogers, the therapist’s role was to:
provide specific programs for behavioral change
elevate the client from a laziness that Rogers believed to be inborn
help the client discover unconscious motives that are the root of the client’s problem
demonstrate understanding and positive regard

5. Therapists from the client-centered approach assume the importance of empathy and reflection in producing change. The research:
has supported their assumption
has supported the importance of empathy but not reflection
has supported the importance of reflection but not empathy
has indicated that empathy and reflection may not be as important as previously believed

6. One of the common assumptions of cognitive therapy is that:
maladaptive behaviors are learned through one’s environment
environmental improvement will result in improvement in the client
it is important to identify the unconscious conflicts
treatment primarily involves changing the client’s maladaptive thought patterns

7. Dr. Johnson is a behavior therapist. The techniques she uses are based upon the principles of:
classical and operant conditioning
Freudian psychoanalysis
attribution theory
the medical model

8. Monitoring one’s thoughts, setting specific goals, learning to reinforce oneself, and substituting positive for negative thoughts are characteristic of:
short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy
cognitive-behavior therapy
systematic desensitization

9. A psychoanalyst would view a phobia as a symptom of:
some unconscious conflict
an irrational belief
other anxieties in the person’s life
a poorly learned behavior

10. ECT is a controversial treatment for depression because it:
has serious side effects, such as memory loss
is based on the use of antidepressant drugs
has no effect at all on many patients
is prescribed by psychiatrists but not by clinical psychologists

AttorneyJG answers:

1- disorder
2- 3
Good Luck.

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Attorney Jonathan Ginsberg represents disabled men and women in disability claims filed with the Social Security Administration

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