A new meta-study from the State University of New York has found that patients are about two times more likely to reject purely medication-based mental health treatments than they are to reject treatments involving purely conversational or behavioral therapy.
The study that found this result reviewed 186 prior studies and aggregated data from all of them. The treatment refusal rating for medication-only strategies was even higher for people with panic disorders: they were three times more likely to reject such treatments than talk therapies. Furthermore, in addition to the findings about treatment refusal, statistics showed that all patients were 1.2 times more likely to stop treatment early if the treatment was only medication-based.
When asked to speculate about the cause of the findings, study co-author and National Register member Roger Greenberg offered that "patients often desire an opportunity to talk with and work through their problems with a caring individual who might be able to help them better face their emotional experiences" and might "view their problems as more complex" than something biological treatments could address.