Behind the scenes, the convergence of big business (pharmacology, the insurance industry and lawyers) with the medical profession produces a tricky alliance for doctors that sometimes hurts the patient.
Humans are physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual beings.
Although doctors are primarily charged with caring for physical health, the emergence of bio-psychology has created a crossover that requires them to address the emotional and psychological well-being of patients.
Over the last three to four decades, doctors have been called to take the role that was once reserved for the profession of psychology. Prior to this change, people who battled issues like anxiety and depression were directed to seek help through therapeutic psychology.
The work of neuroscience regarding the role of brain chemistry contributed to production of medicinal aids for addressing emotional and psychological needs. Now medicines for depression and anxiety are the most prescribed drugs by doctors – and it’s a multibillion dollar industry.
I know people who have benefitted greatly from some of the medicines available for depression and anxiety. On the other hand, the escalation of the number…
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