Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NY Times: "Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy"

The New York Times has an interesting article about how the business of medicine is changing the way psychiatrists treat their patients (it seems like it's all drugs all the time these days).  Here is an excerpt.
Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists  Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient.

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