Sunday, October 22, 2006
This is a moving article which shows that while there are many treatments for serious mental illness, there is often not much help. It is refreshing to read a front page article in the New York Times that neither demonizes psychiatry or suggests that it has much to offer. The history of psychiatry could be written as a series of oversold panaceas --from moral treatment through psychoanalysis and now to the new psychopharmacology--followed by periods of disillusionment. This article is more evidence--along with all the news about antidepressants and suicide and the metabolic syndrome--that we are well into a period of disillusionment.