Questioning Ourselves

What did you believe in five years ago that you no longer believe in today?

This is a question Peter Attia, MD, frequently asks his podcast interviewees. 

I believe this question is vital to ask ourselves on a regular basis. 

The scientific method never proves a belief, we can only see it as not yet wrong. As our understanding of the world grows, both individually and within the research communities, it’s valuable to recognize the changes and incorporate them into our world views. 

Some things I believed five years ago that have changed include…

  • Previously I believed: SSRIs are unlikely to have negative effects and may be helpful. 
    • Now I believe: SSRI’s are likely to have negative effects for most people. While they may still be beneficial for some people, it’s important to support clients in treatment methods with minimal risk first. 
  • Previously: CBT is highly effective and can be used in many circumstances. 
    • Now: CBT may have been subjected to an amplification of benefit and overgeneralization in usefulness. It’s still useful in some areas, yet not as many as I used to believe in.
  • Previously: Clients in emotional distress need psychological counseling interventions, and if not improving a referral to a psychiatrist. 
    • Now: Clients in emotional distress may be due to cause that’s not physiological. Wellbeing may be found though a combination of interventions including psychological, nutritional, medical, lifestyle, spiritual, physical, social, or another area.

What are things you believed in five years ago that you now have new beliefs around?

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