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Re: cause of depression

Postby BlueLotus » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:39 pm

All I know is, we managed to land on the moon many years back but our well supported scientific community hasn't been able to still find an actually lasting and long-term-effective treatment to one of the most common psychological problems today - which is depression. Yes, I am sour. :tantrum:

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Re: cause of depression

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:25 pm

Landing on the moon, or searching for the Higgs Boson, etc, is a matter of developing and applying some (admittedly quite interesting and challenging) well-defined science and engineering. Much simpler than fixing up a mind... [We physical scientists and engineers have it easy --- commiserations Peter... :console:].

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Re: cause of depression

Postby PeterB » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:24 pm

I was going to write something similar Mike..but it seemed a bit presumptuous for me to do so.. :smile:
Beside which I always remember what my main mentor used to say.." what we are doing is more an art than a science "...Me..I am usually flying by the seat of my pants....

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Re: cause of depression

Postby BlueLotus » Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:11 am

Peter B is a psychiatrist? Sorry I didn't know

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Re: cause of depression

Postby PeterB » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:41 am

Blue Lotus...its absolutely OK to say what you think.. :smile:

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Re: cause of depression

Postby Ben » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:50 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: cause of depression

Postby Kamran » Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:27 pm

As danielLion mentioned, Congative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective and compliments Buddhist meditation practice.

My understanding of CBT is that emotional disturbances are caused by irrational thoughts. You have to catch these thoughts and dispute them rationally. This is where meditation and mindfulness is very helpful. When you are mindful you can notice your irrational thoughts occurring, and use rational methods to get rid of them.

There is quite a bit of overlap between Buddhist practice and CBT. For instance, I noticed that some methods recommended by Thanissaro Bikhu to get rid of unskillful thoughts are also used in CBT.

I think CBT is a great tool not just for those with clinical depression or anxiety, but for anyone who is battling against their defilements.
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