Modern Mental Health/ The Problem with Evidence Based Treatment

“When we couch respectability in terms of evidence based science, we can actually cause damage to the potential for healing that can happen within a variety of settings. Further, calling these various forms of healing superstitious or unscientific reenacts the wound of a dominant culture requiring that the rest of the world fits into their way of seeing reality. By requiring “treatment” to be “evidence based” we do a vast disservice to those from other cultures and peoples who find healing through a variety of non-sanctioned paths.”

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

By Jon Keyes

Often when I work with someone who comes to see me I am at a loss of where to begin.  Emotional distress such as depression, insomnia and anxiety often have so many tangled roots that it is hard to know where to begin.   Distress often has its roots in multiple origins such as trauma, ongoing stress as well as poor lifestyle and dietary habits.  On a deeper level, distress can be thought of as a singular expression of a larger pattern of disharmony that spans the globe due to underlying systemic problems of racism, poverty, colonialism and ecological devastation.  If we think of the planet as one living organism, then emotional distress is a signal of systemic suffering.

homelessHow can we can work with depression in the context of people having to work at low wage jobs, eat cheap processed food and live in cramped dangerous…

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