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trends in psychiatry

Posted by Christ_empowered on August 19, 2010, at 10:24:54

In reply to Monotherapy vs. Polytherapy for Depression?, posted by simcha on August 18, 2010, at 17:26:47

Psychiatry often seems to go by trends, not science. Cocktails seemed pretty common until recently; now it seems like docs are using fewer meds, but the meds they are using they use in higher doses. I suppose this approach is more rational than throwing 3-5+ meds at someone; then again, some people have multiple problems that might respond well to multiple meds, especially if some of those meds are just PRN (like a benzo or sleeping pill, even low-dose PRN antipsychotic).

What would concern me is having a shrink so focused on avoiding multiple meds that they might under-treat me. Then again, there is something to be said for avoiding drug-drug interactions and getting the med(s) used to high enough doses to really see if they'll work.




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