An insightful and important article appeared in the NY Times yesterday that we should all read and consider. It might be titled Confessions of a Psycho-pharmacologist, but it's actually titled
The concern Carlat raises is multifold:
- Medication is not the panacea that drug companies, doctors, and patients all want it to be.
- Cognitive behavior therapy and other talk therapies are still essential components of the cure, even when drugs are effective.
- The professional split between drug prescribers and talk therapists is creating a wrongful perception of talk therapy as the lesser stepchild of psychiatric practice, possibly discouraging patients from seeking -- and insurers from paying for -- broad spectrum therapy.
- The cost of treatment is actually lower -- and recovery quicker -- when medication is combined with talk therapy.