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Mental Health Laws

Fix the New State Law That Creates Barriers to Treatment for People With Mental Illness

Sigurd Ackerman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sigurd Ackerman

Reporting requirements like Connecticut's presumably reflect the belief that mentally ill persons who voluntarily seek hospital treatment are, as a group, at greater risk for future violence than the general population of the U.S. But this belief is false.

A Palliative to Obamacare Discord

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.24.2013 | College
Joseph Cooper

These stories (I'm sure there are others) make vivid the embarrassments and fears of patients; their efforts to deal with deterioration, endure pain, and cope with unhinging and detachment. The reader, the viewer, and the re-reader can take cues from caregivers who ease the way to acceptance.

Aurora Theater Shooting Prompts New Mental Health Law

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 05.17.2013 | Denver

DENVER -- Days after a gunman entered a suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 70 others, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colora...

Dying With Your Rights On: Mental Illness, Civil Rights And Saving Lives

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am a psychiatrist who has treated patients for over 35 years, but I still cannot bear to read or hear a story of a fatal outcome for a person with a serious mental illness who dies from neglect or some form of self-harm.