If you follow the news, you know it’s a bad time to be a psychiatrist. I’d say almost as bad as being a Catholic (especially during the sex scandal … holy Jesus).
Apparently they no longer really care about their patients. They are a bunch of greedy Mr. Krabs. They have abandoned psychotherapy, only to pass out samples of the latest drug so that they can get their free lunch from big Pharma. (My sister used to make them … they’re quite good!)
And then along comes one of my favorite psychiatrists, Ronald Pies, M.D., to set the story straight. In a World of Psychology post earlier this week, he dissects the front-page article in the March 6 issue of The New York Times.
Pies cites some statistics that, yes, indicate there is less psychotherapy today performed in psychiatric visits; however the same studies also maintain that almost 60 percent of psychiatrists are providing psychotherapy to at least some of their patients. And there are a few other complexities regarding the numbers that the Times failed to consider.
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