Your views on psychologists' obtaining the right to administer antidepressant.
I don't have any problem with this. If psychologists, or anyone else, were to have prescribing privileges, I do think there should be an educational program with a licensing exam, with continuing education requirements for maintaining licensure, etc., to ensure that the prescribers are up-to-date and knowledgable about the medications and risks, etc. At that point, it could be up to an informed patient to decide whether to trust and accept a prescription from a psychologist. As far as I'm concerned, this is a fair balance between regulation and individual rights in a freedom-oriented society.
I think some psychiatrists' opposition to psychologist prescribing has a lot to do with wanting to hold on to more influence, authority, power, or perhaps a greater sense of importance or exclusivity. There may be elements of narcissism and insecurity which underlie this position. It reminds me of the history of modern medical opposition to midwifery.
While many patients need complicated regimes of medication, may have complex comorbid medical problems, and may therefore require a highly specialized expert in psychopharmacology to prescribe for them (actually, the level of expertise in this area among psychiatrists is very inconsistent), the majority of patients who might benefit from antidepressants require a very simple regimen. Such a regimen does not require many years of advanced education to competently administer. It seems a waste of time and health-care expense for those individuals to have to seek out an MD for their prescriptions.
Furthermore, many antidepressant prescriptions are currently written by a gp who may have only seen the patient for a few minutes--if psychologists were prescribing, this would most likely be in the context of knowing the patient very well, with hour-long appointments, and offering very good follow-up care.
There are risks associated with prescription antidepressants, and there are bound to be patients who run into problems after being prescribed antidepressants from a psychologist. But I am doubtful that these risks would be higher than if antidepressants were only available from an MD, particularly if prescribing privileges required passing a licensing exam, etc.