Over the past five years, the Behavioral Therapists industry fared well. Many individuals with behavioral health ailments also have coexisting physical health conditions, which strains the US healthcare system. The growing popularity of CBT was consolidated in 2007, when the government adopted the treatment as standard. Up to 43% of all therapy courses in Britain are now CBT, and the practice is increasing: around 6,000 new therapists have been trained since 2007 and CBT absorbs much public funding. In 2012, £213m went on a National Health Service programme delivering CBT, while £172m was spent on all other forms of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Since 2007, spending on psychotherapy has moved from 3% to 7% of Britain’s mental health budget. In 1998, 15.9% of America’s depression and anxiety cases were referred to therapists. In 2007 that was down to 10.5%. The British therapy boom is also a triumph for consumer choice: a recent survey showed patients preferred therapy to medication by a ratio of three to one.
CBT is no panacea, and psychoanalysis has been shown to be better in treating illnesses like eating disorders. It is finally launching studies to measure its effectiveness in an effort to regain some ground. Either way, it appears the stereotype of the buttoned-up Brit, unwilling to delve into his or her subconscious, may be eroding.
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