From the Department of Psychiatry, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY. Dr Barchas is Editor of Archives of General Psychiatry .
Edited by Ronna Henry Siegel, MD, Contributing Editor.
THE EVALUATION and treatment of mental illness are no longer the exclusive
province of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental
health professionals. As the number of pharmacological agents for mental disorders
increases and these medications become simpler to use, many people with mental
illness are being treated by family practitioners, internists, pediatricians,
and gynecologists. This trend has important implications for the training
and continuing education of all physicians, for the types of treatments patients
receive, and for the public view of mental illness.
Barchas JD, Marzuk PM. General Psychiatry. JAMA. 1998;280(11):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.961