Mental Health Professions

Introduction to Mental Health Professions

Many people confronting mental illness for the first time fall back on (often quite inaccurate) preconceptions about what mental illness is, what sort of treatment is available, and who does the treating. The most common scenario I’ve encountered is one in which people think that mental illness involves hallucinations and delusions (e.g., that mental illness reduces to schizophrenia), and that it is treated primarily by medical doctors in corduroy coats (with leather arm patches, beards and pipes) who offer some variation on Freudian analysis as treatment. This scenario was actually a little accurate thirty years ago, but it resembles little having to do with reality today.

Mental Health Professions — In The News
FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From Fake Drugs Sep 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of 'rogue' wholesale distributors selling fake or unapproved prescription drugs is growing, so doctors need to be vigilant when purchasing medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. In a statement, the agency said the problem is so widespread... Read More


Doctors' Use of E-Records More Than Doubles May 20, 2014

TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 80 percent of doctors in the United States have switched from paper to electronic health records, new government statistics show. By 2012, almost 72 percent of physicians had made the change, compared to just under 35 percent in 2007, according to the... Read More


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Electronic Health Records (EHR) And Consolidating Priorities Jul 22, 2014

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