This article explores which is better, psychology or psychiatry, for depression anxiety recovery. How both approaches, psychology and psychiatry, are both right and wrong when it comes to depression anxiety recovery. And offer a third approach, based on new scientific research, which combines the best of psychology and psychiatry for depression anxiety recovery.
Psychology or Psychiatry for Depression Anxiety Recovery
There is a battle for your brain taking place, a war between psychology and psychiatry, over which approach is better for depression anxiety recovery. Both psychology and psychiatry claim they are right, and the other is wrong, when it comes to the best way to treat depression anxiety.
Psychology claims depression anxiety is a result of a traumatic event or stress. One of the leading critics of psychiatry, psychologist Dr. Lucy Johnstone states that “there is now overwhelming evidence that people break down as a result of a complex mix of social and psychological circumstances – bereavement and loss, poverty and discrimination, trauma and abuse,” Johnstone told the Guardian Newspaper.
Psychiatry claims depression anxiety is a result of a biomedical condition. The brains of people with depression anxiety are not functioning properly, there is a breakdown in neurotransmition within the brain, and drugs are needed to boost the levels of needed neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
The problem for individuals with depression anxiety, choosing which approach is right to take for their recovery, is that both psychology and psychiatry are right and wrong, with neither field truly understanding what causes depression anxiety, or how to create effective recovery plans for individuals.
Psychiatric drugs work no better than placebos except in the most severe cases of depression anxiety. Psychological treatments work no better than psychiatric drugs, due to the fact that 25% of individuals taking psychiatric drugs get worse, though what type of psychological treatment an individual receives makes no difference, most probably due to the placebo effect. Report.
New Study: Cognitive behavioral therapy (psychology) significantly outperforms psychiatric drugs for major depression disorder (MDD). Study.
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Both psychology and psychiatry work some of the time, which is good enough for each field of mental health, to claim their approach is better. Unfortunately, many individuals with depression anxiety spend years in either counseling or on drugs, without achieving full depression anxiety recovery.
What Causes Depression Anxiety
Depression anxiety is a physical condition, not a mental illness, which affects the body, brain, behavior, and mood. Depression anxiety can be caused by either psychological stress, a physiological condition, or both.
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How Psychology Gets It Right and Wrong
Chronic stress from work, a bad marriage or relationship, school, university, bullying, abuse, war, etc., causes depression anxiety, through the constant release of the stress hormone cortisol, which stops the normal digestive process, damaging the gastrointestinal tract (Gut), which leads to inflammation in the body and brain and depression anxiety.
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If the individuals’ depression anxiety is caused by chronic psychological stress, counseling to help the individual cope or manage their stress is critical for recovery. As long as the stressful situation continues, and the stress hormone cortisol is released, depression anxiety will continue.
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However, if serious damage to the gut has occurred from stress, or if the cause of depression anxiety is one of many physical sources (diet, alcohol, toxins, pollution, lack of sunlight, allergies, and more), counseling alone will not heal the gut or remove the physical source, preventing depression anxiety recovery.
How Psychiatry Gets It Right and Wrong
Individuals with depression anxiety tend to have low levels of key neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Increasing levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain is critical for depression anxiety recovery.
However, low levels of serotonin in the brain are a symptom, not a cause of depression anxiety. Low levels of serotonin are caused by inflammation in the synaptic gap and brain, due to cytokines released by inflammation in the gut. Simply flooding the brain with serotonin does not treat the underlying cause of depression anxiety.
Psychiatry is looking in the wrong place, the brain, when it should be looking in the gut to treat depression anxiety. 95% of serotonin production, and 80% of immunity, takes place in the gut not the brain.
Psychiatry also ignores chronic stress and the role cortisol plays in depression anxiety. If a person is in a bad marriage producing constant stress, pumping them up with serotonin drugs while they remain in the same situation, will not lead to depression anxiety recovery. Marriage counseling might.
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Psychiatric drugs, with the exception of severe depression anxiety due to their slight anti-inflammatory properties, work no better than placebos in most cases. Patients can spend years on potentially dangerous antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs, with little or no improvement in their depression anxiety condition.
Years on drugs with harmful side effects or years in ineffective counseling, both of which only help some people sometimes, is a prescription for a failed depression anxiety recovery program. Neither psychology nor psychiatry alone, offers individuals with depression anxiety, a high enough success rate to merit their worth.
New Approach to Depression Anxiety Recovery
New scientific research, conducted over the past two years, is revealing how the health of your gastrointestinal tract determines your mental health. How individuals on a standard American or Western diet, have much higher rates of depression anxiety, than individuals on a traditional or Mediterranean diet.
Research is showing how GMO foods cause depression anxiety and how probiotics help depression anxiety recovery. It appears that much of the increase in depression anxiety over the past 20-30 years, the U.N. rightly calls it a global epidemic, is due to the growth and adoption of the Standard American Diet.
A diet high in sugar, gluten, lactose, preservatives, inflammatory vegetable oils, additives, packaged and processed foods, and low in fiber and nutrients, which causes damage and inflammation to the gut, is the main culprit in the rise of depression anxiety.
Unfortunately, the physiological approach to depression anxiety recovery, focusing solely on the gut, leaves out the important role stress plays in depression anxiety. Physiological depression anxiety, can cause psychological stress which boomerangs back to the gut, keeping a person in depression anxiety. Eating a healthy diet, while in a state of extreme and constant stress, can still cause depression anxiety.
The answer to the question, which is better for depression anxiety recovery, psychology or psychiatry? Is that neither psychology or psychiatry works for most people, because neither psychology nor psychiatry treats the individual as a whole. Each focuses on only one aspect of depression anxiety.
Psychology focuses solely on the stress dimension of depression anxiety and ignores the physiological causes of depression anxiety. Psychiatry focuses solely on the neurological symptoms of depression anxiety, and ignores both the physiological and psychological causes of depression anxiety.
The best approach to take for depression anxiety recovery, is to combine psychological stress reduction with physiological gut repair, to treat both ends of the depression anxiety spectrum, the gut and the brain at the same time. This approach interrupts and stops the depression anxiety cycle.
Psychological stress reduction using cognitive behavior therapies stops or reduces the constant release of the gut damaging stress hormone cortisol. Diet, exercise, and supplements, leads to physiological healing of the gut, ending the immuno-inflammatory production of cytokines which causes inflammation in the brain and depression anxiety.