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Slow Psychiatry: Rethinking the Role of Psychiatric Drugs

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The current prevailing model for the use of psychoactive drugs is a disease-oriented model. The drugs are thought to target specific disease processes such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. In this talk, Dr. Steingard describes an alternative model—a drug-centered approach—which focuses more on the effects of each drug. She explains the distinctions between and implications for each model. She also describes a way of working with people, called need-adapted approaches, which allows time for the discussions required to understand and help people experiencing the complex problems that are labeled as psychiatric illness.

Presenter: Sandy Steingard, MD

Dr. Steingard is the Chief Medical Officer at Howard Center where she has worked for the past 21 years. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For over 25 years, her clinical practice has primarily included patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, NAMI-VT, and the Mad In America continuing Education fund. She currently writes a blog called "Anatomy of a Psychiatrist" on the website www.madinamerica.com. 

Produced by VCAM.

Episode Number: 
009
Original Airdate: 
November 14, 2016

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