The mental health field has grown tremendously within the last century, but now it is taking a sharp turn. Rather than seek therapy, which can be a lengthy process never bringing complete happiness, people want drugs and they want them now.
I understand why the pharmaceuticals are glorified. It saves time, money, and energy. The effects of the drugs are almost immediate (a month at most). Unfortunately, a lot of people, particularly those on antidepressants, don’t have pervasive chronic depression.
The mental health field is continuing to grow, particularly because of our loyal veterans. These men and women come back from overseas suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which may or may not include depression among other abnormal psychological issues. Unfortunately, many of these veterans are going to need therapy and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
With all the economic pressures the government faces, these vital programs are going to be severely limited. I believe that mental health is equally as important to physical health. If our soldiers are coming back to the US and they aren’t able to function in society, it is just as important for them to have access to rehabilitation services as it is for them to see an internist.There are ongoing investigations regarding the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitative therapy, the type of therapy they previously advocated for veterans. I hope the Pentagon wakes up and realizes that we owe our veterans and they need access to the best in all types of healthcare.