Has psychoanalysis mostly been passed over for psychopharmaceuticals? How much of a decline?

Question by Common White: Has psychoanalysis mostly been passed over for psychopharmaceuticals? How much of a decline?
Just wondering if actual therapy and discussion is mostly on it’s way out, or if it’s practiced in tandem, or both for very serious mental issues? Are psychopharmaceuticals used for light or mid level illnesses?

(yes, I am sure it’s specific to the practicing therapist, but looking for more broad answers about trends)

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Answer by Leopard Gecko 2.0
With the rise in the drug corporations, psychopharmaceuticals has taken over by the sheer number of users vs typical psychoanalysis (CT, EMDR..etc).

Everyone has a reason to be on a drug these days, and with the amount of insurances covering medication, it is almost difficult to say no to a pill.

Most people also see that it is much easier to take a pill in the morning than to spend an hour with a therapist every week.

Though I strongly disagree with this new approach. It is what this new age is electing to do.

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  1. camus_alexdelarge said,

    Wrote on November 8, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    Psychoanalysis is rooted in Freudian Psycho sexual development. There are many different theories and approaches to therapy however, and Psychoanalysis (Psycho dynamics) is one theory. As far as medications go, they can be helpful for mood stability-elevation. Therapy is a big part of helping someone reframe, restructure their view(s) about themselves and others. The best treatment outcomes entail psychotropic medication combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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