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Why Another Blog?

In this age of information overload it certainly is a fair question to ask, why write, let alone read, another blog.  My hope is that this blog will be somewhat unique, offering the reader (lay person and professional) an opportunity to consider some of the more complicated and challenging issues in the mental health field.  Some of the topics will be potentially of more interest to mental health professionals while others are addressed to all readers with an interest in psychology, psychotherapy and mental health. Topics to be addressed include recent research on psychotherapy, evidenced based approaches to treatment, alternative and “innovative” treatments, ethical issues and concerns, and psychological research.

Book reviews and the arts. In addition, to writing on more traditional mental health issues and concerns I will also provide occasional reviews and thoughts on books (and even movies and plays) which touch on important issues in understanding human behavior, or which I found intellectually stimulating and thought provoking.

My goal in writing this blog is to examine various issues in a thoughtful and constructively critical manner. It is not my goal or intent to offend anyone.  However, I am confident that some will disagree, possibly quite strongly, with some of the opinions and ideas raised here. Again, my goal is to stimulate critical thinking and when possible encourage a more scientific and ethical approach to issues in the field.

We think we know way more than we actually do.  This is the theme of several books I have recently read.  The idea that we know what motivates people, know their intentions and even know whether they are being honest with us, are assumptions that many of us make.  Therapists
The new school year is upon us just as the spread of the Delta variant and increased Covid-19 rates are hitting alarming highs.  While the past year and a half has been very difficult for many of us, these new developments have added a new layer of stress and anxiety. 
The prescriptions listed below are drawn from Johann Hari’s work.  However, Hari’s ideas have a wide range of precursors.  In considering these “social prescriptions” it is important to keep in mind that not unlike other prescriptions, compliance (actually implementing and persisting with the treatment/recommendations) is far more difficult than it
Hari begins his book “Lost Connections” by describing his own struggles with depression, since adolescence, and his subsequent examination of medication treatment of depression. What makes this book particularly valuable and readable is that Hari weaves together his personal story with a clear eyed examination of the research on antidepressants 
Most therapists believe that the treatment approach/model that they utilize is clearly the best way to do therapy.  I can remember as far back as graduate school, where the Behaviorist would argue with the Psychoanalyst about whose model was right.  Debates about the best model or approach have proliferated since

Peter Perrotta, Ph.D.