There are many, many reasons and theories. What is most important to know is that psychological problems are real, they are often caused by multiple factors, and the causes of the problems do not determine the solution. Causes are usually psychological, physical, and social.
There are biological causes or genetic predispositions, psychological causes, and social or environmental causes and triggers. It is almost always impossible to know what is the proportions of various factors in a specific situation. Those that spend a lot of time trying to figure out all the casues may not be spending their time in the most productive manner. Why is this so?
Because the cause of the problem is often unrelated to the solution to the problem.
A problem that is 90 percent biological is often solved in the identical manner as a problem that is 90 percent psychological.
HOW CAN THIS BE???
Because as human beings we are biopsychosocial beings!
So called biological or endogenous depressions can be effectively treated by psychotherapy, just as environmentally caused depressions can be effectively treated by medication! Psychotherapy can be as effective or more effective than medication, and some research suggests that medication and psychotherapy together can be more helpful than either of them are by themselves. Psychotherapy may produce changes which are longer lasting, whereas many times problems can return after medication is ended. You are never too old or young to change!
Treatment is offered for addictions, anxiety, anger management
, panic disorder
, eating disorders
, social anxiety, marriage and couple counseling
, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder
, behavior problems, trauma and post-traumatic stress
, stress management, divorce and loss of a loved one
Dr Cousins treats the whole person, not the problem and treats many people who are just having difficulties!
Cognitive/behavioral, interpersonal, and other methods are carefully chosen for their effectiveness. Looking at behavior sequences and patterns as well as values, goals, personal history, thoughts and feelings, are all part of most changes. Behavior change usually occurs gradually, however not all problems take a long time to solve. Dr. Cousins tailors treatment to the individual.