Our expert says:
We don't know whether the counsellor he saw all those years ago used any effective method like the modern CBT techniques, which good research shows to be really effective - so don't reject a method that could help, because one individual didnt use it effectively on one occasion. That's like giving up on music because you once heard a really bad guitarrist.
And such methods can be usefully combined with antidepressants to improve the chemical balances, in turn improving his ability to make use of the therapy. From the sound of it, could be Dysthymia rather than simple depression, but he'd need to see a good local shrink for a proper assessment and diagnosis. Encurage him to take this step, and don't take too much responsibility yourself for trying to solve his problems
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