Erikson Institute

Psychodynamic Psychopharmacology: Addressing the Underlying Causes of Treatment Resistance

Mintz, David
Published on 
September 2011

Psychiatry has benefited from an increasingly evidence-based perspective and a proliferation of safer, more tolerable, and perhaps more effective treatments during the last two years. Despite these advances, however, treatment outcomes are not substantially better than they were a quarter of a century ago.  However, there is currently a small but impressive evidence base that shows that psychological and interpersonal factors play a pivotal role in pharmacological treatment responsiveness.