My Comment on: Freud’s Cocaine Cure for Depression

Well I though this was a thought provoking post. So I’ve “re-blogged” it,  and made some comments. Here are my comments. The original post, along with a link, is below them.

1 – How is Freud’s use of cocaine (and the subsequent development of pharmaceuticals for “psychiatric illness”) any different than humanities long-time usage of psycho-active substances (and practices and rituals)?

2 – What is the difference between suppressing and repressing emotions with drugs and suppressing and repressing emotions with one’s innate defense mechanisms (in other words pushing things down into the unconscious, shadow, etc.)? This would seem to be very much contrary to Freud’s understanding of effective treatment.

3 – Do some substance suppress/repress and others facilitate growth, change, transformation, transmutation, integration of emotions and their associated defense mechanisms, shadows, past traumas and wounds? Studies on psychoactive plants and mushrooms and associated rituals certainly confirm this supposition.

4 – How are whole-plants different than purified and pharmaceutically synthesised compounds?

5 – When is suppression/repression appropriate and when is it detrimental and result in stagnancy or lack of forward growth? When overwhelmed a little numbness is a great gift and may allow one to build resources, rest and recuperate before jumping back into the crucible of transformation and facing one’s suffering, pain, emotions, wounds, and shadow.

6 – What is the result of a society that relies nearly exclusively on pharmaceutical (and other means such as TV, computers, etc.) suppression/repression and never moves into the phase of digestion, absorption, assimilation and transformation. The phase, in other words, of growth and development. Are people being trapped, from an increasingly young age, their development along certain lines (emotional intelligence, interpersonal, spiritual intelligence, etc.) stilted? At what purpose (economics and maintenance of the status quo)?

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Actually, Freud advocated cocaine for “whatever ails you”. Partly because he got so much benefit from using it himself, partly because he was paid handsomely by two competing drug companies to promote it.

What I find so shocking about this is — nothing much has changed in the “depression business” since cocaine fell out of official favor. Its been a parade of one drug after another, sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, loyal psychiatrists and media to the detriment of those who are having some real problems in life. In fact, recent statistics show that these psychotropic drugs result in 700,000 adverse reactions and 42,000 deaths a year in the United States and Europe. Folks, this really has to stop. Depression can be successfully treated without the use of dangerous drugs.

This is the first of a series of posts outlining the problem. We’ll then invite you to discover the solution. Hop…

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About owenokie

I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Wilderness Therapist and HeartMath Provider living in Scotland and am also studying Buddhist Psychotherapy.
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