Can a Three-Legged Stool Save Psychiatry?

Friday, September 21, 2012

The article Can a Three-Legged Stool Save Psychiatry?, published in September 2012 by Dr. Andres Barkil-Oteo in Psychiatric News highlights an older article from the New England Journal of Medicine which asserts that half of all patients currently being treated for a mental illness do not actually have one.  Dr. Barkil-Oteo's article goes on to report that the incidence of so-called polypharmacy, or the use of multiple psychiatric medications, has been on the rise without demonstrating that patients are better off despite the popping of more pills. I was so intrigued by these statistics that I have devoted a portion of my upcoming book on the topic.

-Dr. Tim