Monday, August 21, 2006

Well duh!

I'm not sure why people are at all surprised when research concludes that medication and therapy combined are more effective than either medication or therapy alone. What surprises me is that in the long run, a combination of medication and therapy actually proves more cost effective than medication alone.

Of course, we're not talking about bullshit therapy that involves staring at pretty colors, breathing jasmine scented air and rambling about past lives or our unusual relationship with dairy products. That crap is a waste of time and money. We're talking about therapy that actually addresses functional strategies for coping with a major illness and said illness' impact on every aspect of our lives.

In an entirely unrelated note, the above linked article lists bipolar disorder under psychoses. Frankly, that classification is incorrect. A psychoses implies a separation from reality that is not always present in bipolar disorder, hence BP's classification as a mood disorder as opposed to a thought disorder. The distinction is so important and obvious that it made me hesitant to link to the site at all and in fact, if the article wasn't syndicated, I wouldn't have done so. Grumble grumble.