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Psychiatric Treatment

Treatment Before Tragedy: A Mother's Plea

Allen Frances | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Liza Long is the mother of a son who has bipolar disorder. When her post-Newtown blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" went viral, she decided that she had to speak up for children like her son. Her goal is to expose the gaping cracks in our badly broken mental healthcare system.

A Misfortune, Not a Crime

Thomas R. Insel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Thomas R. Insel

There are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons (207,000) and county jails (149,000) than there are in state mental hospitals (35,000). In 44 of the 50 states, the largest single "mental institution" is a prison or jail. How can this be possible?

Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

There is a possibility that the fear of being labeled as mentally ill and subsequently losing their right to own a firearm will prevent both veterans and non-veterans with mental health issues from seeking the help they need and deserve.

What Is a Psychiatrist, Anyway?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

If psychiatry is to help patients make knowledgeable choices about their treatment, it will need to rebrand in a way that makes sense not just to the mental health community, but to the public.