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The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens / E. Fuller Torrey.

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  • ISBN: 9780393066586 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0393066584 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xvi, 265 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-250) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : the origins of a disaster -- Death by the roadside -- Thirteen murders to prevent an earthquake -- "The odds are still in society's favor" -- The killing of three devils -- The sad legacy of Ms. Lessard -- God does not take medication -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : homeless, incarcerated, and victimized -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : violent and homicidal -- An imperative for change -- Fixing the system -- Coda : death by the roadside.
Summary, etc.: Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, scores of patients with severe psychiatric disorders were discharged from public mental hospitals. At the same time, activists forced changes in commitment laws that made it impossible to treat half of the patients that left the hospital. The combined effect was profoundly destructive. Today, among homeless persons, at least one-third are severely mentally ill; among the incarcerated, at least one-tenth. Of those individuals living in our communities, many are the victims of violent crime. Other untreated individuals commit crimes, including murder and assault. Here, advocate Torrey takes full stock of this phenomenon, exploring the causes and consequences as he weaves together narratives of individual tragedies in three states with sobering national data on our failure to treat the mentally ill. In the book's final chapters, Torrey outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing--and accelerating--disaster.--From publisher description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 June #1
    Research psychiatrist Torrey says that what began in the 1960s as an unlikely marriage between civil liberties advocates, who saw mandatory institutionalization of the mentally ill as a civil rights violation, and cost-conscious conservatives has resulted in a national catastrophe. That was when state governments decided they could save money by deinstitutionalizing mental patients, shuttering mental hospitals, and turning thousands of schizophrenics and manic-depressives out onto the streets. Ever since then, Torrey has been tallying instances in which severe mental illness has contributed to an escalating number of violent attacks, murders, and suicides and counting the number of severely mentally ill who are either homeless or incarcerated. Though he admits some of his numbers are estimates—most public officials like to pretend the mentally ill are invisible and thus fail to keep an accounting—they speak volumes about the dire need for public institutions equipped to help the severely mentally ill regain control over their destructive behaviors. His cry is loud and clear, but his solutions, alas, are necessarily complicated. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Mental health services > United States > Evaluation.
Mentally ill > Deinstitutionalization > United States.
Mentally ill > Commitment and detention > United States.
Dangerously mentally ill > United States.
Mental health laws > United States.
Commitment of Mentally Ill > United States.
Dangerous Behavior > United States.
Deinstitutionalization > United States.
Mental Health Services > organization & administration > United States.
Mentally Ill Persons > United States.
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