I disagree with Professor David Clark on one profound point

July 1, 2014 by  
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This morning, on The Today Program on Radio 4, I heard Professor David Clark of Oxford University talk about the benefits of Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety. He said that only about 13% of people with depression and anxiety get to see a therapist. I am sure this figure is better than in the USA but nevertheless it is still pretty poor. Despite, I might add, years of government investment in increasing the number of CBT therapists available.  He is urging the government to increase, still further, their funding for the future. His hope is that eventually up to about 25% of sufferers of depression and anxiety will receive therapy.

People do recover from depression and anxiety

Professor Clark stated that following CBT about 50% of people recover and about two thirds make substantial gains. He said that NICE recommends CBT as a first line of treatment rather than pharmaceuticals because it is more cost effective. One reason for this being that CBT protects against further relapse into depression whereas pharmaceuticals don’t give any protection against relapse at all. As most people are treated with antidepressants in the first instance (against National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines) maybe that’s why depression tends to recur and people go onto suffer unnecessarily for many years.

You don’t need to see a therapist to benefit from CBT

Here is my fundamental disagreement. While I agree with Professor Clark that CBT is a good and effective treatment for depression. I do not agree on the fundamental point that it needs a face to face CBT therapist to deliver it.

Blues Begone works at least as well as a face to face therapist without any of the bother

My Blues Begone program cures 60% of people with depression with another 10% doing really well. It also cures 50% of anxiety with another 10% doing really well, without anyone ever needing to see a therapist at all. See my talk at the European Conference for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy for evidence of this, displayed below this post. You can also find my published work on this if you are interested.

The point is and here I agree with NICE on this: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a technology and a set of procedures that you can use yourself, at home.  NICE recommends Computer based CBT as a first line treatment for depression. It does not recommend anti depressants as a first line treatment for depression.

You have to take control over your own depression cure

My view is that we have become used to allowing the NHS to be the arbiters of our well being. Recovery from depression always includes taking responsibility for your own mental health. No therapist, no doctor and no one else can ever ‘cure’ your depression. You have to do it yourself. What you do need is the guidance on how to do it, and a little help and support along the way. Yes you can get that from a therapist, but not if you can’t get one! But you can get all of that from Blues Begone in your own home.

Don’t sit on a waiting list…when you don’t need to

Don’t sit on a waiting list to see a therapist or worse still…there isn’t even a waiting list where you live!  Take action today. You can start yourself off today on the  Journey to recovery from depression and anxiety.

My aim and my focus is to eradicate depression and anxiety from our society

To achieve this one step at a time. Today there is a 25% discount on the Blues Begone program. It will be posted on the day you purchase it and you will probably have it the next day. You will then have everything you need to recover from depression and anxiety.

Professor Clark aspires to treating 25% of the population with depression and anxiety. I aspire to treating everyone.  I hope this 25% discount  makes Blues Begone more accessible to you.

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