The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

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by E. Fuller Torrey
     
 

"Vital for all working in the mental health field . . . . Fascinating reading for anyone." —Choice
E. Fuller Torrey, the author of the definitive guides to schizophrenia and manic depression, chronicles a disastrous swing in the balance of civil rights that has resulted in numerous violent episodes and left a vulnerable population of mentally ill people

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"Vital for all working in the mental health field . . . . Fascinating reading for anyone." —Choice
E. Fuller Torrey, the author of the definitive guides to schizophrenia and manic depression, chronicles a disastrous swing in the balance of civil rights that has resulted in numerous violent episodes and left a vulnerable population of mentally ill people homeless and victimized. Interweaving in-depth accounts of landmark cases in California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina with a history of legislation and changes in the mental health care system, Torrey gives shape to the magnitude of our failure and outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing—and accelerating—disaster. A new epilogue on the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, brings this tragic story up to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393341379
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
366,156
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Origins of a Disaster 1

2 Death by the Roadside 9

3 Thirteen Murders to Prevent an Earthquake 24

4 "The Odds Are Still in Society's Favor" 41

5 The Killing of Three Devils 69

6 The Sad Legacy of Ms. Lessard 82

7 God Does Not Take Medication 111

8 The Consequences of Unconstrained Civil Liberties: Homeless, Incarcerated, and Victimized 123

9 The Consequences of Unconstrained Civil Liberties: Violent and Homicidal 140

10 An Imperative for Change 161

11 Fixing the System 177

12 Coda: Death by the Roadside 197

App. A U.S. Studies of the Prevalence of Serious Violence by Psychiatric Patients Living in the Community 209

App. B Studies from Other Countries of Homicides Committed by Individuals with Psychotic Disorders 213

Notes 219

Index 251

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