I know several people who have been in and out of mental health treatment for years. What’s the status of research into medical procedures, drugs, etc. that cure mental illness to the point where it doesn’t recur when treatment ends, as opposed to treating symptoms that recur if treatment is stopped? E.g. instead of Joe taking 1 pill a day for depression, he could undergo some “curative” treatment that, when finished, would leave Joe without any mental illness and without the need for further treatment.
Is this difficult to push forward due to the heavy financial benefits psychiatrists and drug manufacturers get from repeat patients? E.g., worries that Dr. Bob, Psychiatrist, will go bankrupt if all his regular Depression and OCD patients try a new cure and stop seeing him for regular visits and prescription refills because their conditions are cured?
The curative treatment could be of any form, whether drug, talking therapy, surgery, etc.