Family docs prescribing more psych drugs

Reuters news service just reported, US family doctors prescribe most mental health drugs, on the number of family doctors who prescribe psych drugs. The statistical low down from his article is as follows.

Researchers Thomson Reuters and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, looking at 472 million prescriptions written for psychotropic drugs from August 2006 and July 2007, found:

59% family doctor mental health prescriptions

Out of this 59%:

62% for antidepressants
52% for stimulants (often used to treat ADHD.)
25% for stimulants written by a pediatrician
37% for psychosis
22% for mania

When psychiatrists demonstrate a profound indifference, if not ignorance, to the harm caused by the drugs that they prescribe, I’m not knocked out by the idea of family doctors writing out prescriptions.

On the other hand, I have heard of instances where family doctors have been found to be more open to the idea of helping people detoxify from psych drugs than have psychiatrists who are often reluctant to do so.

A little education goes a long way. Educate doctors on the damage done by these drugs, and maybe some of them will become more receptive to alternative approaches to treatment for people in crisis. Some of them might even be persuaded to refuse to prescribe these harmful drugs altogether.