posted on Oct, 2 2013 @ 06:59 PM
reply to post by boncho
Prisoners develop mental health issues or their preexisting ones are compounded because of the environment. People were not meant to be locked
up! Simple as that.
That and the fact that our mental health system is broken and dependent on dangerous drugs! Also, our prison system has become a dam to collect the
overflow of mental health patients due to our pathetic health care system in our country......and NO the Affordable Health Care Act sure is hell not
going to address this problem...
Some people DO need locked up. However, in the United States of America, our government has chosen to use our prison system as a form of punishment
for people whom are not only mentally ill, but have never harmed anyone financially, mentally OR physically!
As a matter of fact, there are hundreds of thousands in prison or being penalized for harming NO ONE!
What do we expect when we sit blindly and allow this kind of police state to develop???
I want to point out the rock and the hard place for you here:
The use of SSRI and SSNI drugs has revolutionized psychiatry. I worked in the state system back when it was all private people committed by the
courts for purely psychiatric reasons (with a few folks checking themselves in on insurance/medicare....very few). We had several who were
institutionalized. A handful of criminal committals.
Now that same hospital, which my wife works at, is all forensic. It is prisoners who are on mental committments (to gain ability to stand trial, or
suicide while in the joint). The reason is SSRI and SSNI have stabilized the psychosis where no other drugs could before. I have known people who
were revolving door cases for decades that now are leading mostly normal lives.
So they public is mostly treated via outpatient clinics, with rare hospitalizations. The beds are now committed to the prison population. Upside:
prisoners can now get treatment. Downside: they can imprison more people by using hospital beds for inmates, and the community loses some access to
The dark side of Serotonin meds has been discussed a lot, and there is a thread here on ATS linking them to the recent spate of shootings across the
nation (going back to Columbine).
So the rock is that the medications are a breakthrough and salvation for so many people, and for the system in general. The downside is that it seems
to also be a common factor in extreme violence of a stomach turning nature.
It isn't going to be fixed over night....but the awareness is growing. So we shall see.