I don't wear a tinfoil hat and I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I'm convinced that they're in cahoots.
A recent New York Times article tells the tale of Dr. Donald Levin, an old-school "talk therapy" psychiatrist who's nearing retirement.
There was a time when Dr. Levin's session with a patient ran 45 minutes. Under his guidance, patients would talk about their most personal issues, learn to cope, and rediscover self-worth.
But throughout the 1980s and 90s, insurance companies sharply reduced reimbursement for traditional talk therapy. This amounted to a drastic pay cut for most psychiatrists who didn't have patients wealthy enough to afford $200 or more per session.
So the profession realigned. Today, instead of spending 45 minutes with a patient, most psychiatrists--including Dr. Levin--spend just 15 minutes. The patient quickly details or updates his primary personal concerns and the doctor writes or adjusts prescriptions for one or more psychoactive drugs.
In short, the insurance industry has created a new profession: Drug pimp.
There was a time when psychiatrists avoided the use of drugs while a patient improved with talk therapy. It was a point of professional pride. For the majority of the profession, that time is long gone.
Now, instead of earning about $90 from an insurance company for a single 45-minute talk therapy session, psychiatrists collect about $150 from insurance companies for three sessions per hour, 15 minutes each, little talk and mostly drugs.
If you're ever referred to a psychiatrist and find yourself in the express lane to the drugstore, say no thanks and ask for a referral to a psychologist, a social worker or your clergy person if they are trained in this speciality. The expense will be lower, and it might even be covered by insurance.
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- To Freudian psychoanalysts, they are the result of repressed feelings that typically date back to childhood relationships with parents. This is sometimes called “standard insight therapy” or “the talking cure.” Best Self USA therapists are eclectic in their approach to problems and use standard insight therapy with those persons who need to “talk it out.”
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