More Americans are being treated with drugs for their mental-health problems and less with psychotherapy. Researchers from Columbia University in New York compared data from two government surveys carried out in 1998 and 2007. In both years 3% of the sample said that they had had at least one session of psychotherapy but among people receiving outpatient care for mental-health problems 57% were being treated with drugs alone in 2007, compared to 44% in 1998. Combined treatment with drugs and psychotherapy declined from 40% to 32% and the use of psychotherapy alone fell from 16% to 10%. While overall spending on mental health care remained fairly constant the amount spent on psychotherapy fell from $11bn in 1998 to $7bn in 2007.
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