I've always thought so.
I've also had some doubts about the diagnoses that many psychiatrists have been handing out.
It's the old chicken and the egg deal.
In the past they'd see differences in the brains of patients with psychological issues, and determine that those differences were the cause of the issues.
I've often thought that it was very possible that those differences in some patients, develop due to repeating thought patterns. Which then fuel the fire. Sort of a loop that feeds itself.
In my view, the brain is a little like a hill with rain falling on it. The water being thought.
The water will seek the path of least resistance to the bottom of the hill, creating ruts in the process.
Once the ruts have formed, it's very difficult to force the water down a new path.
The hill (the brain) has been transformed by the water (thought).
So, I think it's important for people to sort of do a little landscaping on their hill, via diversification of thought.
In other words, if you obsess on something, your brain will literally change to facilitate the obsession.
Once that process begins, it's difficult to change.... but not impossible.
I think many psychiatrists find it easier, and more profitable, due to time, to diagnose the brain difference and then treat the problem with chemicals rather than therapy.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is the case with all patients, but I do think that many could be taught to "think" their way to better mental health.
I think another complication is the fact that I think both the Dr. and patient (once again, not all) prefer the chemical treatment, over therapy, for their own reasons. I've already suggested the reasons for some Drs., and as for some patients, they like the chemically induced euphoria.
Since that's the case, it's not surprising that chemical treatments are so common.... it's the path of least resistance for both Dr. and patient.
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