Do people take medication and go to therapy at the same time?

Most people in my practice do not take medication, but simply utilize “talk therapy”. At the same time, certain symptoms and conditions are best treated with a combination of talk therapy and medication. A psychiatrist once pointed out to me that, “at the end of your life, you don’t get a prize for taking fewer medications”, and this is a useful quote, because it seeks to reassure people in need of medication that this need is not a personal failure of any sort, and because it works in opposition to the deeply held distrust many people feel (as well as the cultural messages against taking psychiatric medications). Referrals to a psychiatrist for medications are easily done, and must be handled by a clinician with an M.D. degree (not a psychologist or social worker).