posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 12:09 PM
reply to post by jibeho
I worked on an acute care unit (admissions unit) for 5 years. I have seen so many men in their early 20's that just snapped one day out of nowhere.
Schizophrenia causes such things. And during a "psychotic break", the decompensation of the mental faculties can be rather profound.
Had I not have the experiences I have had in my life, I may be somewhat disbelieving. It is a shame that more people do not get exposed to this facet
of human illness. Understanding goes a long way towards reconciling, no matter what you are doing.
ETA: when you talk about deinstitutionalization....it is a natural flow as better medications are sought. And there is little doubt that
psychotropics are far, far better than they were in the 70's. The horrible side effects of drugs like Thorazine, Haldol, etc....they will hopefully
end up a thing of the past (look up "Tardive Dyskenesia" to understand what I am talking about) as we see newer and more effective medications come to
Problem is, the effectiveness of the meds leads to a false security, whereby we have reallocated bed space from patients to forensics. In Texas up to
60% of beds have been reallocated from community related in patient care to "forensic" care. The outcries we used to make about all the mentally ill
in prisons....this is the response. Instead of adding to the burden of mental health care by including the prison population, we have replaced
community based systems with prison based systems. The local hospital is a great example. Of the 800 some odd patient beds (that used to ALL be
community related), 750 are now dedicated to forensic patients.
The system is scrwed all right. But when you say "they", remember that the "they" is you and I.
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