175. The 80/80 Strategy

depressed personThere are unfortunate souls who spend their lives on a roller coaster of emotions – sometimes normal, sometimes almost so, sometimes in the dumps, and sometimes in deep depression. Medication of any sort seems to hold little relief.

I recently ran across a book entitled Understanding Depression by Dr. Raymond DePaulo Jr. in which he says 20 percent of his patients are difficult to treat and uses the term treatment-resistant to describe them. For these patients, he does not hold out much hope of their triumphing over depression. Instead he works with them to achieve the goal of 80% improvement for  80% of the time.

I have a slight variation of his goal for those I coach with treatment-resistant depression – and that is for them to feel 80% of normal 80% of the time. If that can be accomplished, their treatment is successful.

More on this theme in the next blog.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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2 Responses to 175. The 80/80 Strategy

  1. jenowenby says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I really and trully appreciate you and your blog. I find that every post has something valuable. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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