One day several years ago, I was reaching the end of my first visit with a patient, J.J., who had come to see me for anxiety and insomnia. He was a salesman for a struggling telecommunications company, and he was having trouble managing the strain on his finances and his family.
I am a practicing psychiatrist and I am proud and committed to my profession. But I think it's time that my colleagues and I smarten up and realize that the field of psychiatry is changing, and that we need to change with it. We have entered an era of the New Psychiatry.