How Meds Are Killing Talk Therapy
Today's show was occasioned by a controversial New York Times page one article about Dr. Donald Levin.
It said: "Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists, Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient."
Levin sees as many as 40 patients a day in 15 minute hits. He admits he barely knows most of them.
The article remarked upon the loss of intimacy between doctor and patient. But almost simultaneously, New York Magazine published an essay about Stephen Metcalf, a writer who, in his life, had seen four different talk therapists, all of whom had dozed off during sessions with him.
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***This episode originally aired March 15, 2010***