This chapter proposes an ethically defensible approach to treatment that does not remove depression as one would an inflamed appendix. Treatment should instead, it is argued, transform depression by discerning its value as an insight into various threats to the sufferer’s interests. Psychotherapy elucidates the stressors that trigger depression, equips people to deal with unrealistic pessimism, and promotes personal autonomy. The value of autonomy as an instrument to well-being is a primary moral driver of the case for psychotherapy in depression. It is concluded that doctors must recommend psychotherapy, either stand-alone or as an adjunct to antidepressants, in all cases of major depression.
|Title of host publication||Depression|
|Subtitle of host publication||Law and Ethics|
|Editors||Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring|
|Place of Publication||Oxford UK|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||97801988019 0|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Biegler, P. (2017). Is Treating Depression Like Treating Appendicitis? Depression: Law and Ethics. In C. Foster, & J. Herring (Eds.), Depression: Law and Ethics (pp. 159-171). Oxford University Press.