It was heartening to read that advances are “on the horizon” for the treatment of depression, as you reported on your Feb. 19 Health Matters page. Actually, one such advance is already here. Long-term cognitive behavioral training is offered at weekly meetings of Recovery International. In the Hudson area, RI meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays in the parish center at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52.
Attendees learn to use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to master a wide range of problems, emotions, and impulses, from anger and anxiety to phobias and stress. Meetings are led by trained RI members.
RI recently received an award from the American Psychiatric Association for excellence in “psychiatric aftercare.”
RI was founded in 1937 by Abraham Low, a neuropsychiatrist and professor at the University of Chicago medical school, precisely to provide the kind of long-term support called for in the Health Matters article.
Anyone feeling stressed or unhappy is likely to benefit from RI meetings. Attendance is free, but donations are accepted.
It’s your choice
It never ceases to amaze me when the people who cry the loudest to get government out of their lives want government to intercede in the life of anyone who doesn’t have the same belief system.
David Rawa’s letter of Feb. 19 prompted my response. Here is list for people to live by: if you don’t believe in birth control, don’t take it; if you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one; if you don’t believe in same sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex; if you believe in creationism, take your children to your choice of religious institution.
Leave other people the freedom to make their own choices.
The country and world I knew has changed, believe me. Remember that old saying “What would Jesus do?” I now say, “What would a liberal do?” Scary, isn’t it? But, get used to it; that’s our country now, sadly.