Psychotherapy Ineffective?

Notes by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Posty Grad Dip Cln Nutr


None of these studies below seem to have taken into account that psychotherapy may have been ineffective, because counselors may have overlooked or are ignorant of the biochemical aspects mood disorders, that should have been treated BEFORE undertaking psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is ineffective in treating physical illnesses that are responsible for mood disorders, but becomes effective after elimination of the disease(s) accountable for mood disorders. See Depression by Julia Ross

An extensive survey of conventional treatment for mood disorders centering around drug therapy and/or psychotherapy has shown that about 40 percent may have some benefit, leaving about 60 per cent with treatment resistant depression. See Beyond Efficacy: The STAR*D Trial, Am J Psychiatry 163:5-7, January 2006 by Insel Tr (2006) and here. “The fact that 60–70% of all patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) meet criteria for treatment resistant depression (TRD) underscores the need for systematic development of innovative treatments for TRD.”here

See: Antidepressant Medications are ineffective

"In The Illusion of Psychotherapy William Epstein asserts that psychotherapy is probably ineffective and possibly harmful. He maintains that there is no credible clinical evidence that psychotherapy is effective in handling personal or social problems, or that it is more effective than other modes of treatment. The theories that underpin clinical practice remain speculative and their influence over social policy are more ideological than scientific." William M Epstein, The Illusion of Psychoterapy

The Longer Psychotherapy takes, the Less Effective it is.

Sunday Review 21 April 20122

"Most studies that portray psychotherapy as effective, such as the one I’ve just described, have come into question. Dineen says that there is “no firm proof that psychotherapy works. And psychotherapy continues to be promoted despite the many well-conducted studies which find little evidence of its effectiveness, and even data that suggest that is could be harmful.” A 1986 study by M.J. Lambert found that 40 percent of individuals improved without any treatment, 30 percent from factors within a relationship such as love, trust, and empathy, and 15 percent from placebo effect (often, placebo effect can account for 25 percent of improvement). This shows that 70–95 percent of individuals will improve without any psychological intervention."

"These studies tend to show that psychotherapy is quite ineffective in treating “diseases” of the mind. "

"The effectiveness of drugs in treating depression is difficult to ascertain. Yet I believe that the evidence proves that they are not only ineffective but extremely dangerous. It has been found that about 25 percent of those suffering from depression will greatly improve within one month and almost 50 percent within a few months without any psychiatric involvement (Lambert claims it is much higher at 70–90 percent). Even those suffering from severe depression have a very high rate of recovery. Seymour Fisher and Roger Greenberg in “The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress” have concluded that drug treatment for depression is unjustified." Psychotherapy is a Questionable Cure for Depression

Psychotherapy is Ineffective and Harmful

Mental Illness is a Disease



Geriatric depression:The broadening use of antidepressants among older Americans has not been associated with a notable decrease in the burden of geriatric depression. This article, based on a selective review of the literature, explores several explanations for this paradox. The authors propose that the effectiveness of antidepressants depends in large part on the way they are used. Evidence supports that antidepressant pharmacotherapy leads to better outcomes when guided by a treatment algorithm as opposed to attempting to individualize treatment. Several published guidelines and pharmacotherapy algorithms developed for the treatment of geriatric depression are reviewed, and an updated algorithm proposed. PMID 25037293

Poor Results of various therapies for PTSD: The researchers found that after nine months of follow-up, between 21 percent and 23 percent of the participants in the groups that got psychotherapy developed PTSD, while 42 percent and 47 percent of those who took the drug or placebo, respectively, developed symptoms. MedlinePLus 6 Oct 2011   Comments:  None of the therapies mentioned in  the study use psychonutritional therapy to treat the real causes of PTSD. See for proper therapy: PTSD and Hypoglycemia. See Here

For more studies on PTSD:

Antidepressant, Talk Therapy Fail to Beat Placebo Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:16:07 -0600 Neither antidepressants nor "talk therapy" were able to outperform inactive placebo pills in a new clinical trial on depression treatment -- though there were hints that the effects varied based on people's sex and race, researchers report. Source: Reuters Health

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