4. Not spending enough time on the (psychiatrist’s) couch?

Sometimes what seems like a lot is still insufficient. That was the gist of at least one psychiatrist’s response to the finding that 17% of American adults take a psychotropic medication to cope with conditions like depression, anxiety and insomnia. Given the “rate of psychiatric disorders in adulthood being close to 25% of the population in any 12-month period” Dr. Victor Fornari hypothesizes there is still a proportion of the population going untreated. However, the study found most RXs were written by a primary care physician rather than a psychiatrist, indicating patients lost out on psychotherapy and other means to learn coping strategies for mood, thought and behavioral issues, which can lead to long-term use, dependence and adds to rising costs of healthcare.

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