Podcast: The Economics of Depression
In 2019, the U.S. spent over $225 billion on mental health care – a 52% jump in spending from just 10 years earlier. Most of this money is being spent on psychopharmacological interventions.
Yet, despite this increase in mental health care spending, things are not looking better for those struggling with mental illness. In fact, the opposite is happening. We are spending more, yet seeing more disability, a higher suicide rate, and fewer people recovering from mental illness and becoming productive members of society.
It has become clear that the symptom suppression, “medication model” approach to conventional psychiatry is not working. Nor is there any evidence to support the “chemical imbalance” theory, which has been the main theory for the causation and treatment of mental illness over the last 60-70 years.
All of psychopharmacology (whether it be treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, autism, etc.) is based on the unproven theory of chemical imbalance. And that is why not seeing results we are expecting.
In this podcast, Dr. Aruna Tummala teams up with James Maskell of the Rogue Health Economist to discuss all of this and more. We discuss the state of current psychiatric care, Functional medicine/Ayurveda and mental wellness, and the economics of one model vs. the other. We also dive into diet, gut health, Ayurvedic doshas, real world examples, and more.
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