RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A specialist describes how inadequate practices have been left behind-and how the psychiatric patient is served today.
In general, the estimate that 20% of the world's population suffers from some psychiatric disorder - including anxiety and depression - has not changed over the years. What has changed dramatically is the treatment of those affected by mental illness.
Besides the evolution of therapies, including medications and psychotherapy sessions for the control of symptoms, hospitalization is now indicated only in severe cases and has gained humanization, ending the true torture sessions to which patients were submitted about 40 . . .