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Books, Journals, New Media
June 18, 2003


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3175. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3175-a

When I started in psychiatry I suffered, like many trainees, from doubts about the future of my profession. To a cognitive therapist, they would best be described as maladaptive cognitive schemas. They went something like this: "Who needs psychiatrists anymore, most mental illness can be managed with medications by primary care physicians?" and "Psychologists have much more training in therapy than psychiatrists, who would ever want to see a psychiatrist for therapy?" Now that I have gained more experience, I have realized that there will always be a need and demand for psychiatrists. For we provide knowledge and expertise that no other mental health practitioner can, in that we are trained to see and treat mental illness as a product of both biology and psychology.

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