1. Prescriptive Practice

To complete this assignment

  • Compare the Ted Talk by Thomas Insel (in attachment) to the NY Times article by Carlat, D. (2010). Mind Over Meds (PDF), and answer the following questions:
    • How do you view the role of psychiatric medication in the promotion of patient well-being?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a psychopharmacologist versus also integrating psychotherapy in your clinical practice?
    • What does the literature say (that is, support for or lack of evidence) for integration of psychotherapy and prescribing by the same clinician (APRN or MD)?
    • What evidence supports the use of both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology as the role for the PMHNP to improve patient outcomes?


  1. Carefully read the questions presented. You do not need to include the questions in the body of your paper.
  2. Reflect on the assigned materials from this week and consider experiences from your own practice to support your ideas. Please use proper citations and APA format.
  3. You may wish to refer to outside sources as well to support your statements.