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“…You trust your doctor. Your doctor prescribed Xanax. It must be alright to take it, right?
Maybe. Maybe not.
“Generally speaking, primary care physicians have not received the training that they need to prescribe medications that have such high risk for addiction or overdose," said Dr. Joanna Starrels, professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Though psychiatrists prescribed benzodiazepines no more often, during the period from 2003 through 2015, prescriptions by primary care physicians more than doubled, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Why the dramatic increase in psychoactive medications by non-psychiatrists? Patients referred to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for panic are usually not satisfied. JAMA Research confirmed what doctors were hearing back from patients. The research showed only one person in six treated with CBT became panic-free ("Usual Care Group" dark gray in the graphic below).
When meds were added, the remission rate nearly doubled ("Intervention Group" light gray). The researchers advised, "Our intervention for panic disorder, a combination of CBT and antianxiety medication . . . resulted in substantially better outcomes than did usual care" (CBT).
The 2005 study may have contributed to the doubling of benzodiazepine prescriptions by primary care physicians …”
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