More Antidepressants Prescribed by No...

More Antidepressants Prescribed by Non-Psychiatrists

There are 3 comments on the PsychCentral story from Aug 8, 2011, titled More Antidepressants Prescribed by Non-Psychiatrists. In it, PsychCentral reports that:

Nearly 80 percent of all prescriptions for antidepressants are written by non-psychiatrist providers, and of those almost three-quarters are not accompanied by any psychiatric diagnosis.

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Lexington, KY

#3 Aug 9, 2011
Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness

Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has broken off his exercise routine to declare that “there is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.” Then an odd, reflective look crosses his face, as if he’s taking in the strangeness of this scene: Allen Frances, lead editor of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (universally known as the DSM-IV), the guy who wrote the book on mental illness, confessing that “these concepts are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the boundaries.” For the first time in two days, the conversation comes to an awkward halt.

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There are no genetic tests, no brain scans, blood tests, chemical imbalance tests or X-rays that can scientifically/medically prove that any psychiatric disorder is a medical condition.
Michael Parker

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 19, 2012
This is a sad revelation. If this is true, this would mean that unqualified and uninformed individuals are prescribing medication to helpless people. They should know that some antidepressants such as Pxil causes birth defects to infants of pregnant users and causes suicidal thinking behavior.

Since: Dec 11

havelock, nc

#5 Jan 19, 2012
Well, with me, all of my prescriptions originally came from my psychiatrist.. but after i had been on them for awhile and knew how they affected me, my psych and regular doctor agreed that my regular doctor would start prescribing them to make things easier. This could be the case for at least *some* of those people. After you're already established on a certain med and it's helping, I dont think there's any reason to have to keep going back to the psych constantly to get prescriptions(unless you have a concern or change meds or something).

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