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Does therapy have its limitations when it comes to very real poverty issues?
February 22, 2010
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I have been trying to decipher/determine just how much of my depression is due to my non-legitimate 'awfulizing' of my current situation and just how much IN FACT is INDEED downright awful, (even by a non-depression person's perspective and standards) when it comes to the very real issues so many of us face regarding this current economic recession?

Really, what can a therapist really say or do to help me 're-frame' from reality, along these lines? Especially since it is further ignored by the mainstream media: (out of sight - out of mind? I don't think so!!!!!!!!)


(Note - atricle above is 2 years old but some comments are interesting...........)

Then, I thought - well what does the APA have to say about all of this and came up with this: (even older material....2000 & 2001:)



More recent stuff here:



I do realize that is alot of info to sift through & read over. But one of the main things I came away with is that folks with depression seem to have a tendency to feel as it being layed off, crappy wages etc...are a direct extension of our somehow personal 'failings' or something that we lack somehow and in some way when in fact, IN FACT - its clearly not!!!!!

So, my thinking & feeling right now is that unless therapists/local mental health communities can some how tie themselves in with the local unemployemeent agencies and/or local trade schools or something - just how in the world is this 're-framing' supposed to work out???????????

Ya know what I mean??????????????

Anyway - thanks for reading my rant...................

February 24, 2010
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Your comments are interesting.

Depression is more prevalent in people who are underemployed, unemployed or low income. It is a big stressor not having enough money.

But, then again, in speaking with friends from other countries, where there is much worse poverty, they say that they didn't FEEL poor, because the people in their country have a tradition of supporting and helping one another in time of need.Their culture functions that way more than it does here in America.

Maybe the issue isn't how much money you make, but the type of support system (emotional, physical, spiritual,etc.) you have. In the Western World, be tend to rely on our MONEY and being independent, and not so much on community and being relationally connected. This is another form of pover.... SOCIAL POVERTY!

With my husband being layed off, and because there are so few jobs in our state (we have the highest unemployment in the country) I know that it would be worse if we didn't have a good support system of caring people there for us.

Maybe some people do better in a "group therapy or support group" type setting where they are with others who are in a similar situation. They can support, network and encourage one another.

Just a thought.

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