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.
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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