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Depressed ? ssso I Sssee
I wonder what "socalled diagnosed" means ? If a properly trained doc assessed him properly and used internationall accepted criteria to make the diagnosis, that should be credible.
But what you seem to be decribing matches my concern about the foolisness of trying to handle all depressions with nothing but drugs. They have their place in treatment, but counselling such as CBT to help the person get out of their bad habits of negative thinking and to learn to better handle the problems in their lives, is surely also needed. Pessimism can be a really tough, bad habit, which one can learn to change.
The other issue that troubles me here, is that one too easily forghets that suicide can be committed by neglecting one's serious medical problems - like stopping treatment for his lymphoma, and not treating the hypertension and diabetes properly.
Bipolar disorder doesn't sound likely, and whichever doc is treating him should surely have considered that posibility. The BI part of Pipolar involves also the opposite of depression, with episodes of a mood that is too good, too much energy and optimism.
I don't know who he is seeing or has been seeing, but maybe a fresh opinion from a good local psychiatrist to reconsider diagnosis and treatment, would be worthwhile ?
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