Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"As the son of a mother with schizophrenia and an emergency psychiatrist who constantly struggles to practice compassionate care in an eroding mental health system, I think that we can and should do better."

GEO15IQ2K.5Dr. Gary Tsai, a UC Davis School of Medicine graduate, is an emergency psychiatrist in the San Diego area. He is the producer and co-director of “Voices,” a documentary film scheduled for release in 2014 about human stories of psychosis and the issue of violence and untreated severe mental illness.  " ... in order to learn from the past, we must move forward and start trusting our mental health providers to make sound clinical decisions about providing necessary treatment. Times have changed, as have training, treatment approaches and the field as a whole. The laws governing the provision of mental health care need to reflect this evolution as well. It is unacceptable for someone with heart disease to have to wait until they have a heart attackbefore receiving services, or for the cardiologist treating the heart attack to be prevented from providing care by outdated laws disconnected from appropriate clinical interventions. Conditions of the brain are no different."

Read his recent article in the Sacramento Bee here:  http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/14/5999147/viewpoints-lessons-about-mental.html

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/14/5999147/viewpoints-lessons-about-mental.html#storylink=cpy

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