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The State of Psychiatry

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

James Davies examines the current state of psychiatry and argues that the reliance on pharmaceuticals has compromised patients' wellbeing. Cracked: The Unhappy Truth about Psychiatry investigates why psychiatry has become the fastest-growing medical field in history; why psychiatric drugs are now more widely prescribed than ever before; and why the number of mental disorders keeps expanding.

Guests:

James Davies

Comments [10]

Amy from Manhattan

Maria & bj, I'm glad you found meds/combos that work for you, & I'm sorry it took so long. I've known a few people who finally found the right drugs for their specific needs, & it made all the difference.

Sep. 11 2013 02:01 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Americans are being taken on the great white ride by pharma. We offer an array of 20 different anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds via managed care formularies, when many countries with national health plans offer (and get by well with 10). We pay for this "choice," which doesn't really amount to choice at all, on the part of patients or their doctors. We also pay more, via managed care (for those insured; those without pay far more) than countries with national plans, because pharma and the insurance industry strike the unholy bargain of what is available, and how it gets priced. We subsidize the world!

Sep. 11 2013 02:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Million? More like the multibillion-dollar question, based on pharmaceutical industry profits.

Sep. 11 2013 01:58 PM
Nick from UWS

You guys are completely missing the point. The creation of the DSM is funded by insurance companies. The more "illnesses" they can create and code into the DSM, the more the psychaitric professions is tethered to the insurance companies. It's all bullshit.

Sep. 11 2013 01:52 PM
Maria Cremaschi from New Jersey

After not being able to get results from antidepressants, I began to see a psychopharmacologist and after 1 year and a half of experimenting with different combinations of drugs, I found the right one, with which I found myself not thinking about suicide. I would try to think about it and not be able to, thanks to the drugs.

Sep. 11 2013 01:45 PM
bj from NYC

I wonder what james davis suggests a psychiatric patient such as myself who has been on medication for bipolar 2 disease for 11 years, should do. my first MD sent me for a 2nd & 3rd opinion over the years when the many medications I took weren't working. I was also diagnosed during a hospital stay. now, for the past 7 years I've been taking a combination that works better than any other. IS IT ALL A FAKE? would he have me ween off of the 3 medications I take?

Sep. 11 2013 01:40 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

There were promising studies that sought to develop a protocol that favored both molecules and talk therapies together (e.g. StarD). Now it seems the DSMV is merely designed as a code guide for managed care and meds, completely walking away from emotional and behavioral analysis. Patients are being diagnosed and prescribed without any measured analysis, often by GPs. Aside from big pharma lobbying what went wrong?

Sep. 11 2013 01:39 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

There were promising studies that sought to develop a protocol that favored both molecules and talk therapies together (e.g. StarD). Now it seems the DSMV is merely designed as a code guide for managed care and meds, completely walking away from emotional and behavioral analysis. Patients are being diagnosed and prescribed without any measured analysis, often by GPs. Aside from big pharma lobbying what went wrong?

Sep. 11 2013 01:39 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Bravo.

Sep. 11 2013 01:34 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Maybe the disorders listed in the DSM are the ones Freud was treating. Nature v Nurture, and the psychoses are Nature, for which we can prescribe medications, and the neuroses are Nurture, for which we prescribe analysis.

Sep. 11 2013 01:29 PM

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