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In this week's medical dollars with Dr.
Manny Alvarez a new study released.
That shows that the percent of visits in which to -- more psychotropic medications were prescribed to a patient.
Increased to 60%.
In 2006 and that was up from 43% this decade earlier here now with more is managing editor for Fox News health dot com.
Doctor Manny isn't -- morning guys what we're talking about is.
Combinations of psychotropic drugs that are being prescribed to patients.
And with the little proven efficacy and make it -- a problem.
Listen in the last decade if you -- could choose one group of medicines that have gone like this.
Is all of these psychotic drugs and did presence by all these pharmaceutical companies.
The average patient that goes to a position for any kind of mental health -- gets at least two drugs.
You're talking about a 160.
Million prescriptions a year that's a lot of drugs and ultimately you know the latest studies have shown that.
They may not work as well as we -- If you look at patients with severe depression or any kind of other severe mental illness yes those medications like the -- horizon.
Things my -- -- work very effectively however.
For mild to moderate patience.
Really it doesn't show great benefit over placebo so you have to -- yourself in -- why all these drugs are being given out.
I'll tell you my opinion.
It's to -- most of the psychiatrists that I graduated from medical school today or residency.
Really are only learning.
Pharmacology when it comes to treating mental health illness and you know they had gone away from sort of psychotherapy music therapy behavioral therapy.
So it says look right now I feel the -- he would take the spill well that doesn't like you try to -- want.
So that's economy can actually going and then you have the pharmaceutical industry which has done a terrific job about sort of telling everybody hey you feel depressed you feel blue.
-- -- -- you know you -- watch a show absolutely.
It a car race without saying a hundred erect tile dysfunction ads you can't watch daytime TV without seeing ads for depression right -- you know what is it 95%.
Of all medical spending is for treatment.
We're not prevention.
Right right again -- -- -- what we cap on this I -- -- I think -- there and look he's on a long term prescription drug yeah I'm and I think that ultimately this is gold going to content and come around again because there has to be some monitoring I think that.
We're solving the problems of -- -- -- sold again -- Vegas or just find some random.
People who have depression -- get -- and they've probably agreeing with the -- -- and medicines I mean you know there's there's many things are -- solving the depression -- -- we -- just trying they're not there they're not getting -- make it feel better they're not solving the depression as -- we think that this problem is getting -- we're not solving them because depression is a very complex disease is a real disease for sure.
But it takes more than a -- to solve it.
You know there's still issues of your metabolism.
Diet and exercise which is very important but the marketing of this problem is huge.
And it's gonna come around and I think that the FDA you know every year the FDA has gone.
Looking at these drugs the safety of these drugs and -- now putting you know black labels and certain things especially when it comes to teenagers.
So we have to be aware and I think the medical community has to wake up it was ultimately.
You know we can sort of you know you do more damage than good.
Doctor may -- thank you.
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