Outside of Rogers, treatment that includes talk therapy with a psychiatrist is increasingly difficult to find. According to a recent article in the New York Times, fewer psychiatrists across the country are actually spending time talking to patients about their problems, and instead are dispensing medications and making referrals.
Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists, Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient. So Dr. Levin sent the man away with a referral to a less costly therapist and a personal crisis unexplored and unresolved.
At Rogers, psychiatrists not only provide leadership and guidance for the treatment teams, but also spend significant time with patients and their families. They gather information about the symptoms and understand how mental illness is affecting the patient’s ability to enjoy life. At the Child & Adolescent Center, doctors conduct individual sessions with each teen throughout his or her stay.
Rogers follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), upholding its stated position that no medication is ever to be used without therapy. When medication is prescribed, doctors continually monitor and assess progress, adjusting each individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s current needs.
Rogers is a stand-alone, not-for-profit mental health care provider, nationally respected for using treatment components that are proven and effective. For a free screening or admissions information, call 800-767-4411.