Blame the Clients?

von freakoutcrazy

On June 6, I wrote a post titled Psychiatry DID Promote the Chemical Imbalance Theory.  The post generated a number of comments, five of which were from TherapyFirst, who in his first comment identified himself as Joel Hassman, MD, a practicing psychiatrist. 

Dr. Hassman did not argue with the general notion that psychiatric practice today consists almost exclusively of the prescription of drugs.  Indeed, in one of his own blog posts on June 16, 2013, he wrote in an open letter to newly qualified psychiatrists:

” . . . you are now agreeing to basically just prescribe medication and give limited, selective diagnoses that serve insurer and/or bureaucratic agendas first and foremost.”

 and

” . . . your interest will be narrowly directed to prescribing more likely multiple medications from moment one of meeting the patient . . . “

And this general position – that psychiatry consists essentially of prescribing drugs – continues to be evident in his comments on the MIA post.

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