Psychotherapy Treatment On The Decline In The U.S.

August 5, 2008

A new report released has revealed that psychotherapy is on the decline in the U.S, with less people receiving the treatment.Washington (ChattahBox) – A new report released has revealed that psychotherapy is on the decline in the U.S, with less people receiving the treatment.

Researchers looked at over 14,000 psychiatric offices for a decade, watching how often patients received certain treatments.

The report was released in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, and found that patients who went to psychiatrists for psychotherapy dropped from 44% in 1996-1997, down to 29% in 2004-2005.

It also found that psychiatrists using psychotherapy with all patients, dropped from 19% down to 11%.

It is believed that this decline is due to fewer insurance reimbursements, as well as a move away from the treatment, and towards antidepressant medication.

Antidepressants are becoming an extremely common treatment method for a variety of mental health issues.


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