Saturday, April 4, 2020

Comments by Dave, LSCSW

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  • He committed murder. In America, being on drugs (or not remembering) at the time of the offense does not dismiss one’s culpability. Sure, he had to go through a lot of garbage during his inpatient stay. Murderers and other violent criminals experience far, far, worse throughout their imprisonment and ‘rehabilitation’. The author’s bias borders on a pseudo-Stockholm Syndrome. After describing in detail what occurs in state hospitals on a daily basis, the author seems to forget the crime he committed in the first place. She is simply blaming psychiatrists and drugs to minimize his crime, because you know, he is such a good guy and she likes him. Perhaps she should have walked dogs with his father and got to know him as well. Oh wait, he’s dead! Source: 18 years working in inpatient settings, 5 of which were on forensics units in Kansas and Missouri.

  • Excellent article. Good to see that traditional psychiatry (the “talking cure”) is not entirely dead.

    However, I would echo prior concerns about the educational requirements for future psychiatrists. Why go to medical school if you are reluctant to medicate?

    I’ve worked in and out of inpatient settings for 17 years now. I’ve had very little success with using therapeutic interventions other than basic supportive counseling with the severely mentally ill (schizophrenia, bipolar d/o). Meds seem to be the quickest way to reduce sx and get them feeling better about themselves.