https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/10/627519801/behind-bars-mentally-ill-inmates-are-often-punished-for-their-symptoms Does that keep you up at night, forensic and state psychiatrists...those of you whose fingerprints are on so many thousands of these unjust convictions? Probably not.
America Can’t Incarcerate Away Our Mental Health Crisis It would be disheartening to believe that some of the actors involved, particularly legislators, would be consciously using the criminal justice system to achieve the goal of sweeping a medical crisis under the rug and damaging so many human beings in the process. The writer is speaking figuratively, although, it … Continue reading Huff Post Article: Our criminal justice and mental health care systems are dark stains on the honor of this nation.
Delirium: Emergency Evaluation and Treatment ICU Syndrome - A Dangerous Misnomer Excerpt: In summary, published research strongly points to underlying medical problems, rather than environmental or psychosocial factors, as the primary cause of delirium in the ICU. In the past, this neurological symptom used to called "ICU Psychosis". The "What is Serious Mental Illness" page … Continue reading “ICU Delirium” A Dangerous Condition that Can Happen to Anyone.
This article shows what has become of a society that has refused to reconcile with the harsh realities of psychosis, a society that has politicized and radicalized a condition of the human body. Texas Still Trying to Kill Man Who Gouged His Own Eyes Out This is where we are...while Stepping Up initiative is running … Continue reading Radicalizing Insanity
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This is a Guest Blog by Kathy Day Kathy's articles can be found on MyHelios.com Those of us who have family members diagnosed with schizophrenia know that this is a brain illness and not a behavioral disorder. We know this because we’ve already tried everything we’re told to do and nothing helps. Except meds. Meds … Continue reading It’s Time to Reclassify Schizophrenia
This NYT article shows how the national discussion about "mental health" and school shootings has been irrational and misguided. Vermont Teen Charged for Ideation of Violence Excerpt: Mr. Sawyer was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder — all felonies — and held without … Continue reading Ideation of Violence is not a Crime
“Trying the case wasn’t the proper thing to do. I couldn’t ethically prosecute the case,” he said. Mentally Ill Defendant Puts State In a Bind What followed the prosecutor's ethical decision not to prosecute illustrates why states need to examine the intersection of the Olmstead Ruling and Criminal Justice (There is commentary on this issue … Continue reading Prosecutor Refuses to Put “Mentally Ill” Man on Trial
County Launches Program To Help SMI Detainees “Society has decided it’s cheaper to hold these people in jail than a mental health facility,” Judd said Friday. “It breaks my heart..."
This blogger happens to think that some commonsense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of people who have certain types of serious neuropsychiatric disorders would be prudent. The common good would also be better served if we would consider that guns don't have minds, they don't drive mass shootings, but they most … Continue reading Guns or Mental Illness, That is the Question.