Friday, November 14, 2014

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center November 10 - November 14, 2014

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"Where Hell Is Other Patients"
Writing for the New York Times, Dr. Stephen Seager describes rampant patient-initiated violence in psychiatric hospitals across the United States. READ IT ALL...

"My Nephew Was Not a Bad Person, Just a Sick Person"
Just two days before a psychiatry appointment for medication, Derek Ward beheaded his mother, Professor Pat Ward, before jumping in front of an oncoming train in Long Island and ending his own life. READ IT ALL...

"Two Toddlers Missing in 'Worst' State for Treatment"
Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Catherine Hoggle had been showing increasing signs of paranoia in the year leading up to the children’s disappearance, even going so far as to file a restraining order against her sister-in-law for following her. Throughout Hoggle’s struggle with severe mental illness, Troy Turner, the children’s father, “encouraged Catherine to go to therapy and take her medication but he couldn’t be sure she was doing either.” READ IT ALL...

"Mental Health Calls Stretch Police Resources "
Police have received a twenty-five percent increase in calls from people in a psychiatric crisis in the last two years reports KTVU News in Berkeley, California. Responding to these mental health emergencies are “part of a growing portfolio of duties that are required in today’s world by today’s cops,” said Officer Chris Scott, part of the Berkley Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). READ IT ALL....

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