The Psychiatrists' Program: Professional Liability Insurance Designed for Psychiatrists
   A District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association

About Psychiatry
· What is a psychiatrist?
What is mental illness?
Choosing a psychiatrist
· Treatments

· Resources

Can Mental Illnesses Be Treated?

Yes. Mental illnesses are definable, diagnosable and treatable. In fact, psychiatry has a higher success rate than many other branches of medicine. For example, the treatment success rate is 85% for major depression; 80% for panic disorder and bipolar (manic depressive) illness; and 60% for schizophrenia. By contrast, success rates for common heart treatments, such as angioplasty and atherectomy, are only 41% and 52%.

Information from the American Psychiatric Association