Monday, May 11, 2009
Psychiatry without Psychotherapy
An article in the August 2008 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry noted not only a significant decrease in the number of psychiatrists practicing psychotherapy, but a lack of interest in learning psychotherapy among psychiatric residents in the United States. A letter in the April 2009 issue of the same journal notes that a survey among Canadian residents showed that 84% "anticipated practicing psychotherapy and viewed it as an important component to their work and identities." For those who are inclined to see the rise of biological psychiatry as portending the inevitable decline of psychotherapy, this survey strongly suggests that economic and cultural factors are at work as well.