Today, antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drugs. For people with clinical depression, they are like morphine for a cancer patient. Of the 10 adults, one takes antidepressants, without even thinking about the consequences. Most of them do not suffer from major depression. They complain of slight anxiety, vague malaise, dissatisfaction, or “… I just don’t like everything …”
The doctor is tempted. New generation antidepressants (selective inhibitors) are non-addictive and have low side effects. When prescribing them, doctors can feel “calm.” In fact, for most patients, such drugs are no more than an expensive placebo. The conclusion suggests itself: antidepressants do not heal, they only relieve symptoms. And this is even worse, because depression continues to develop, but is already hidden.
There are also such forms of psychotherapy that are aimed at the cause of depression, and not at relieving symptoms. they help to focus on ideas about yourself, about the world around you and about your future. This leads to the fact that a new model of behavior is being developed. A person is able to see new perspectives of his life, while not destroying his past, but relying on it. The past abundantly contains painful memories, but they are the ones that are a unique experience.
Such work does not give instant results. It takes time to learn not to distort reality, to learn to love yourself (here we are not talking about narcissism, I’m talking about a healthy attitude to oneself), to be ready for communication. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to boldly and honestly look inside themselves. Many become scared to look at their errors or to realize their misunderstanding. It is much more convenient and easier to take a pill. But still , over time, it became clear that there is no pill that could make a person happy.
Everyone has a bitter life experience. Someone more, someone less. This kind of experience begins in childhood and gains the power that forms patterns of behavior. The child is not able to fully understand and correctly interpret such an experience. So we begin to separate feelings into “good” and “bad”. Situations in which “bad experiences” can occur, we avoid, and strive for the opposite. A person is filled with all kinds of beliefs such as: I’m bad, I’m unlucky, or I’m worthless. Such beliefs limit life, reduce it to banal actions and reactions.
Sometimes even light criticism is enough for a child to injure his psyche. A rude word or a shout, all these so-called microtraumas of the psyche are flying into a common piggy bank. Unfortunately, for many parents, criticism and prohibitions are the only tools for raising their children. They have a huge impact on the formation of behavior. Adults need to remember that there are those around whom they have influence. Who knows, maybe children help us understand what “awareness of life” means?