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In Response to Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis in The New York Times

Psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center.Following the recent Richard A. Friedman piece in The New York Times, many have responded. Psychiatrist John Oldham, a former APA president, is one. He speaks of depression as a brain disorder associated with a terrible disease burden in the world. We who are therapists should understand that depression is indeed a brain disease, while never forgetting the less medical notion that depression is also something that tears at the soul. And psychotherapy is a powerful treatment that, when it relieves depression, changes the brain, changes gene expression and heals a suffering soul.

Read John Oldham’s response here.

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