Monitor on Psychology - September 2011 - (Page 48)
Advocating for psychotherapy
An APA resolution, treatment guidelines and other efforts seek to reverse the decline in psychotherapy’s use.
B Y R E B E CC A A. C LAY
urn on the television, and you’ll probably see an ad advising you to ask your physician about a drug used to treat depression, heart disease or some other health problem, says APA President-elect Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD.
Those ads are just one part of the pharmaceutical industry’s multi-pronged effort to
sell its products. And as data show, marketing to people with mental health concerns — combined with other trends — is paying off for drug companies. The percentage of medication-only visits for mental health problems has been climbing over the last decade. According to government surveys, the percentage of outpatient mental health visits that
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