From my experience of working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, I have noticed that often times people come in for suicidal attempts and major depression. An observation I have made is that a patient states they are suicidal/depressed and health care providers reply with, "let me get your medicine." To me it seems like the health care industry promotes the "happy-pill" as the cure-all, and when these psych patients leave treatment they relapse right back into the same pattern of suicidality and depression.
Therapeutic communication is left by the wayside, and our patients are not getting the solutions they need. To me it seems as if when the pill doesn't seem to be working anymore, another suicide attempt/success occurs. Should it be considered mal-practice to promote and instill in these patients that they need a "med-adjustment," when what they are looking for is answers to real life-controlling issues. Does everything have to be a psychiatric "biological" problem? Do you think it is unsafe practice to prescribe/administer anti-depressants, when an equal amount of counseling is not being provided? What are your thoughts on this issue?