I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a pioneering psychologist, Dr. Lynn Johnson, about myths and lore surrounding the practice of conventional psychiatry. He states:
Psychiatry, as I said, has virtually abandoned psychotherapy, and along with that, isn’t really focused on such things as lifestyle interventions. Psychiatry has succumbed to the siren song of 15 minute med check sessions, billing at the hour rate, so as to make more money like the surgeons. But that doesn’t allow time to go over lifestyle interventions like eating, exercise, time in nature, social connection (or, compassionate service to others), and other lifestyle changes.
We therapists and coaches still offer people a 50 minute hour, most of us, and we have time to engage the patient and pursue a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. In that way we have a great advantage over our brothers and sisters in psychiatry.
Hear our discussion about:
- The role of psychotropics
- The integrity of the science supporting psychiatry
- The role of lifestyle interventions in the treatment of psychiatric syndromes.