Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Now, in this hard-hitting and humane exploration of the mental illness crisis in America, psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey reveals how we have failed our mentally ill and offers a viable, provocative blueprint for change.
Torrey begins by examining the consequences of our current mental illness policies on homelessness, our penal system, and the spread of violence in America. He then explores the economic, ideological, and legal reasons why, even though billions of tax dollars are spent each year on the mentally ill, they continue to receive less-than-adequate care. And finally, he proposes a three-phase approach to correcting the situation,including: cost-shifting to states as single-responsibility funders of treatment programs; commitment and involuntary treatment for those deemed incapable of making decisions for themselves; and divorcing, both ideologically and economically, serious mental illness (schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness, and other brain-based disorders) from mental health (the "worried well," and people suffering from quality-of-life and emotional problems).
Out of the Shadows is a fact-filled, compellingly argued, and compassionate assessment of mental illness in America: where we are, how we got there, and where we should be going. It is essential reading for healers, policymakers, and the millions of families whose lives have been touched by serious mental illness.
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About the Author
E. FULLER TORREY, M.D., is a research psychiatrist at the Neuroscience Center of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is also the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Surviving Schizophrenia, which has been described as the "bible" of the mentally ill and their families.
Table of ContentsPeople in the Shadows: The Many Faces of Mental Illness.
Nowhere to Go: Homelessness and Mental Illness.
Jails and Prisons.
Walking Time Bombs: Violence and the Mentally Ill.
Psychiatric Ghettos: Communities and Families.
Looking Backward: Where We Have Been.
New Initiatives in Funding.
From Legal Folly to Common Sense: The Right to Get Well.
From the Woody Allen Syndrome to Brain Disease.
Looking Forward: Where We Should Be Going.