Thursday, March 6, 2014

Should we be punishing mental illness or treating it? Good question.

Sixty years ago, people with severe mental illness would have been treated in hospitals. Now, with the failure of the deinstitutionalization movement, when people’s illnesses cause them to self-medicate and commit misdemeanors or minor felonies directly related to the symptoms of their untreated mental illnesses, they're dumped in jail. We're punishing the behaviors we once tried to treat. What kind of progress have we made?

Read the article from Psychology Today here:

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