Personally, I think it is quite normal as mental health is a long-term ailment and cannot be treated in one single day. We need more long-term perspective on the real outcomes. Another crucial point to mention: in mental health, patients start to feel better when they are heard and understood by doctors, nurses and relatives; when they can put a word on the malaise they are feeling daily; when you take time with them.
Mental illnesses are a huge burden for the society as demonstrated in a recent study by The Economist.
In the next future there will be a combo of chemical drugs supported by apps that will help patients to better cope with their disease and to better adhere to the treatment schedule and regimen.
Find out more:
Akili (video games to treat autism, ADHD, depression, traumatic brain injury)
Pear Therapeutics (linking prescription drugs with apps)
Bravemind (PTSD treatment for veterans)