Thursday, June 09, 2005

Therapy and Medication Not Working

Psychologist Barry Duncan who spends much of his time training other mental health professionals, says there is no evidence supporting the current fad that mental health problems should be treated as a medical illness.
     
"There's no blood test that will tell you you're depressed. There's no X-ray," he said.

He also points out that therapy and medication haven’t worked. The army of mental health workers has increased 275 percent in the past 20 years, with doctors writing more than 150 million prescriptions for antidepressants. At the same time suicides and depression are actually on the increase.

Psychiatrists object to Duncan's assertions about the ineffectiveness of therapy and medication.

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