Mad in America, known for their critique of psychiatry practices in the United States, reports that many patients with emotional and personality disorders have been subjected to medication as alternatives to traditional therapy methods for the sake of expediency on the part of the practitioner.
Their findings come from a study conducted by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, which used a stratified approach which observed different practices across treatment disciplines. They found that 2,600 of patients treated for personality disorders, 68% of the sample pool, were diagnosed with an emotionally unstable personality disorder. Nearly all were treated with an assortment of antidepressants and antipsychotics. This goes against many licensed practices, but the study points out that few practices are monitored by regulators, allowing them to malpractice their treatment on patients who would benefit greatly from time-consuming therapy.
An editorial attached to the study claimed that many practices had to forgo traditional therapy methods for these patients as traditional therapy methods require the availability of funds and qualified personnel. This is expensive on both fronts and without funding there are little options to care for patients who come seeking treatment, making the option of medication both reasonable and attractive. While this may be the case, this form of treatment may be more widely practiced than their findings originally suggested. While education on effective practices and funding should be better communicated to mental health providers, they go on to claim that behavior and practice in the medical community often travels by word of mouth, allowing similar models of practice to be come more commonplace. My boyfriend Adam Sender and I would like this article to travel by word of mouth to everybody so we can ensure good healthcare for all (more at observer.com).