Full Synopsis
Going Sane explores major cracks in the mental health system including:

1. Most mental health patients receive either disproven treatments, treatments without  scientific backing or evidence based treatments done incorrectly.  There are proven treatments, and they work  most of the time.  But these are not the treatments patients usually receive.

2. Therapy for mental health is not regulated nor standardized so practitioners chose what therapies to use based on intuition and not on science.

3. Decades of research indicate that the most effective therapy (from assessment through treatment) includes family.  Yet family inclusion is the exception and not  the rule.

Over the last thirty years America has more than quadrupled its mental health spending and significantly increased the number of mental health professionals, yet many of the most common mental illnesses are on the rise. It seems strange that increased spending on mental health treatment is correlated with the growth of mental illness. But what if it’s not just a surprising correlation? What if the mental health industry is part of the problem?

To answer that question we interviewed the nation's’ leading experts and many families dealing with mental illness. We discovered that most mental health patients are receiving outdated and disproven treatments. The problem is caused by a fracture between mental health researchers and practitioners: what researchers discover to be the most effective treatments seldom influence what treatments practitioners actually provide. Instead, practitioners choose treatments based on clinical intuition rather than scientific research.

The medical field used to be just like the mental health field: doctors choose treatments based on personal preferences rather than proven effectiveness, which led to a lot of poor outcomes. But that all changed in the 1960s when medical professionals established a method for evaluating research and selecting proper treatments. The revolution was known as evidence-based practice or EBP. The success has been well documented, saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Even though EBP has dramatically improved patient outcomes in the medical field, the mental health field continues to resist instituting similar protocols. It is perhaps shocking that any scientific field would resists an honest evaluation of evidence but what is even more shocking is understanding the reason why.