Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mental Illness

In the 1960's there were 500,000 beds in mental hospitals in the United States.  Today there are only 100,000 beds in mental hospitals in the United States.  With the advent of new drugs to treat psychological cases many people could be released into the community and lead normal lives.

The problem with this is a break down in the delivery of the medications.  Some of them are expensive and sometimes mentally ill patients don't have insurance or the ability to pay for their medications.  More frequently the mentally ill person takes there medications, feels better and then comes to believe that they don't need their medications any longer.

As a result, in either case, they stop taking their medications.  After a time off their medications, some mentally ill people act out in ways that cause them to become a police problem.  In extreme cases they commit terrible crimes, even mass murder.  We need a better system of administering medications of mentally ill people; that's what the SGT Says.

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