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A lost opportunity with tragic consequences

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Paranoid schizophrenic's family doctor, psychiatrist worked steps apart – but there's no record they consulted each other ...Read the full article

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  1. ginny ! from Canada writes:
    yet again, a mental health story with broken links leading to it. Huh?
  2. Jenny Biggar from toronto, Canada writes: They were not permitted to consult with each other because they were having a sexual relationship at the time.
  3. Jenny Biggar from toronto, Canada writes: We should focus on whether we want to import more stocky hairy men or indian girls. Orderlies and nursing assistants stinking up the back rooms of mostly every medical, corrections system in the province. The choice is yours. If you or your bored young family memers ever get into trouble or get injured or ill, you want to know who will be raping the people you will grow to love. Technically speaking, physical restraints are traditionally employed and enjoyed by most people who knowingly commit faux pas or just decide they want a better life for themselves in their home country. Chemical restraints are treasured by authority as they incapacitate a victim almost instantly with very little injury or consequence to the administrators. Alternatively, patients and those who have been legally incapacitated of their legal existence prefer to calm down themselves and wait until the bs flows away so they can start taking care of themselves again in a world country and province that is and always has been very very hostile towards biological and geographical vulnerabilitites. Nine out of 10 cases of these type of legal assaults will be directed at men just because of their very sensitive natures. But women suffer these attacks with far less thought on the part of authority. In reality, it is very rare that a person in this type of custody is actually capable of what authority believes they are capable of. And, most often, victims are docile, agreeable, and tearful when this happens. So, the issue is: JOBS. Bouncers and needlers tend to have low intellect, breed quickly, are very politically and community conscious, consume great amounts of alchohol, have escapist and authoritative personalities, group with persons that are secretive about their occupations, have ideals of law and order and simple functions of relationships. The more often this happens the more of them you will be seeing at the mall, at the cinemas, and at your children's schools.
  4. june Conway Beeby from Kingston, Canada writes: Historically some of Canada's Psychiatric hospitals have not been good places to be. (Not every patient felt that way. They often told me , deinstuitionalization had created an unbearable lonely life for them. Where before they had other patients to talk to and lots of community groups brought entertainment to them they had little to do now. They especially missed the pleasure of the great entertainment they never could afford.) The degredation that followed when these hospitals became seriously underfunded was well exposed in a book published by The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in 1982. It was entitled Madness: An Indictment of the Mental Health Care system in Ontario written by John Marshall and based on the public inquiry commission by OPSU. Based on this public exposure and other criticisms of the psychiatric hospital system, the government decimated the system and closed bed 'holus bolus', egged on by the community care experts who promised better care in the communirt for less money. Community care was a good idea for many but essential care for the most ill were obviosly not considered. Community workers found it difficult, if not imposssible ,to deal with psychotic behavior of the severely mental ill in the community. Many clients needed stabalizing time fo doctors to evaluate their medication, something that can only safetly be done in hospital. They also need time out-of- life to regain their stability, Since schizophrenia and other psychoses have episotic breakdowns, this needs of this group should have been included in any planning. Government should have improved the hospital piece of mental illness care (a thorough reading of OPSU's "MADNESS" would have helped them to realize this). They should not have rushed to close so many beds, despite the financial advantage of doing so. Now the most ill have the fewest services. Go figure.

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