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Psychology vs psychiatry ... and prescription drugs

Edited by Jill Wright,

psychology vs psychiatry ... and prescription drugs

Psychologists have always differed from psychiatrists in their attitudes to the use of prescription drugs. One study suggests that even as students, psychologists are more likely to regard psychiatric prescriptions as harmful and over-used. Despite those reservations, however, psychologists have largely avoided public criticism of their medical colleagues' growing tendency to prescribe drugs to patients suffering from mental distress. That...