Psychiatry: Strength in Numbers

If all the 15,000 M.D.s in the U.S. who are psychiatrists, plus all the psychiatric social workers and all the psychologists trained as therapists, spent all their working hours with individual patients, they would still be able to treat only one in ten of the Americans who need help for emotional ills. For both psychiatry and nonmedical therapy (especially analytic forms) traditionally work on a one-to-one basis, with the reassurance that it's all confidential. The 750 members of the American Group Psychotherapy Association who met a fortnight ago in Washington exchanged reports on a diametrically opposed theory: that for...

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