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Re: Are some psychiatrists better than others?

Posted by Honore on August 24, 2007, at 15:24:15

In reply to Re: Are some psychiatrists better than others? lcat10, posted by seldomseen on August 24, 2007, at 12:36:30

It's probably a generational thing-- prior to the maybe 1980's or so, psychoanalysis was field open purely to MDs-- no (Freudian, ie prestigious) analytic institute accepted anything but MDs--by and large. This was not an absolute, but a strong preference. I don't know about Menningers, but places like the NY Psychoanalytic, etc.

But with the growing influence of biological psychiatry and the burgeoning of psychology and psychodynamic therapies, therapy became over time more the province of psychologists, and prescribing medications became more the province of MDs. There's still some overlap, of course-- but the assumption that psychiatrists are primarily psychopharmacologists is at least somewhat time-bound.

Of course, it's probably a given the some Xs are always better than some other Xs-- substitute any field, or occupation for X.





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