Blog | Monday, August 4, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious


In case you hadn't noticed, the Archives of General Pyschiatry tells us this week that today's psychiatrists are focusing on drugs instead of therapy. From the press release:

Various forms of psychotherapy, either alone or in combination with medications, are recommended for the treatment of major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric illnesses. "Yet, despite the traditional prominence of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice and training, there are indications of a recent decline in the provision of psychotherapy by U.S. psychiatrists—a trend attributed to reimbursement policies favoring brief medication management visits rather than psychotherapy and the introduction of newer psychotropic medications with fewer adverse effects," the authors write.

Also, girls who develop earlier than their peers and have uninvolved parents are likely to get into trouble, the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports. "By discussing difficult peer situations (e.g., provocation, peer pressure) and ways of dealing with them, parents may help their daughters develop a repertoire of adaptive responses that will minimize the need for inappropriate (i.e., aggressive) behavior," the authors write. "In addition, knowing how their daughters spend free time may help parents identify and prevent negative peer and other influences." Who knew?