Professional Development

Seminars for Doctors

Treating Depression: What Works? What Doesn’t?

A  64 year-old woman diagnosed with bipolar II had been treated with conventional interventions for 35 years. This included frequent hospitalizations, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and medication. She made few gains.  Her psychiatrist referred her to Barbara Burrows for psychodynamic “talk” therapy (psychoanalysis), and over the past 30 months, she has made gains noted by her doctor, her family, and herself.  She has stopped all psychotropic medications; she is sleeping well and her severe nightmares have largely disappeared. Visits to her family doctor have decreased from several times/week to once in 3-4 months.

Although the case is in progress, Burrows has written about it because she thinks it is important to explain how and why these changes are occurring.

ABSTRACT:  Studies comparing CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CBT with medication, and psychodynamic treatment are explored; plus studies that are showing therapeutic writing may be a useful intervention for depression if other more effective treatments are not available. With clinical examples, this presentation explains how and why the patient mentioned above has made significant gains with a psychoanalytic approach.

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