Friday, April 7, 2006

Self-Help Books May Be Prolonging Depression

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Depression is bad enough but trying to deal with it by reading a self help book may be no help at all.

That’s the depressing news from Bob Olsen, a mental health advocate in Kennebunkport, Maine.

He says that self-help books tend to offer approaches to depression that could apply to anything, such as developing more energy.

However, they don’t address the difference between normal and clinical depression so Olsen says they’re of little use to more than 18 million Americans.

Olsen says that anyone who suffers depression for more than a few weeks should see a psychiatrist who can prescribe drugs or look at other treatment options rather than going to a bookstore for the latest feel-good manual.

Olsen knows what he’s talking about. He suffered from clinical depression for five years and even had shock treatments before finding the medication that erased his symptoms.

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