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wurtzel on depression

Posted by rigorousm on January 15, 2014

…. a psychologist once explained… that the worst thing a therapist can do to an extremely depressed patient is be nice. Because that kindness creates a stasis, allows the depressive to remain comfortable in her current miserable state. In order for therapy to be effective a patient must be prodded and poked, forced into confrontations, given sufficient incentive to push herself out of the caged fog of depression. (247)

Depression is a very narcissistic thing, it’s a self-involvement that is so deep and intense that it means the sufferer cannot get out of her own head long enough to see what real good, what genuine loveliness, there is in the world around her. (356)

— Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

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