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Nov 12, 2013

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A major indicator of the deteriorating quality of conventional medical care in the U.S. is its growing reliance on pharmaceutical drugs as a catch-all for pain and disease management. And a new study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry shows that this dire situation is only worsening, as many conventional doctors are no longer even properly diagnosing patients but instead just handing out medications willy-nilly in order to get patients out the door.

This is definitely true for millions of American veterans currently taking psychiatric drugs, many of whom have alleged mental conditions that were never clinically diagnosed. According to a new report out of Yale University, roughly one-third of all U.S. veterans between the ages of 65 and 85 currently taking psych drugs never received any sort of mental health diagnosis. As it turns out, less than 40 percent of those taking such drugs but not getting mental health treatment from a specialist have a legitimate mental illness diagnosis.

To arrive at this conclusion, researchers looked at the prescription practices of 1.85 million veterans, as identified in their pharmacy and encounter claims filed with the Veterans Health Administration. Specific information about each patient and his or her individual health issues was also pulled from medical records and included as part of the assessment, along with an evaluation of all other potential health issues that may have warranted a psychiatric drug prescription.

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