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