ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT
  • Progress in the field of Psychiatry has been remarkable in many ways but we still lack any reliable and clinically useful tests to determine a diagnosis, select the most appropriate medication or predict response.
  • Diagnostic and treatment recommendations are based entirely on the clinical acumen and judgment of the Psychiatrist.
  • The essential element in successful treatment is judicious use of time: the Psychiatrist must spend the optimal amount of time with each patient to understand the person's problems and develop a collaborative relationship that promotes recovery.
  • Medications may be an important ingredient in treatment for certain individuals but they are not a panacea;  pills do not resolve problems.
  • The therapeutic relationship with the Doctor is the cornerstone of treatment.
  • The goal of treatment is full remission.
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