Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Psychiatry and First Amendment Rights as they Pertain to School Violence and Cannibalism

Please surf over to the Clinical Psychiatry News website to see my post on Psychiatry and First Amendment Rights as they Pertain to School Violence and Cannibalism.  

Also, blogger Pete Earley wants to know how to find a good psychiatrist.  Please read his post here.  

I went to post a graphic and decided that nothing was quite right when it comes to cannibals.


Zoe Brain said...

Another disturbing story : http://ethicsalarms.com/2014/09/08/government-horror-story-what-happens-when-we-expect-bureaucrats-to-protect-us/

The Alienist said...

Do you ever wonder what it would be like if everyone said only what they really meant? No exaggeration. No hyperbole. Only honest responsibility for their feelings, thoughts, and actions.

I'm not suggesting that we should hide or hide from our dark, violent, disturbing thoughts. Only that we acknowledge them as parts of us and recognize the roles they play for us.

Our society pressures us to accept so many types of violent expression and see it only as meaningless "venting." It encourages us not to take people seriously. It suggests that "I want to kill myself" is equivalent to "I am very sad." In order to rise above the emotional noise, it requires those who intensely suffer to express actions of such violence that they risk involuntary hospitalization (or jail).

With regard to the story that Zoe linked to, the young man was taken seriously. The police and the health care professionals took him at his word, and he did not like the results. I'm not saying that he was treated well by all involved and that all the actions and outcomes were justified, but I wonder if the conclusions listed in the article should have included "Tell the truth. Don't exaggerate. Work with others to solve problems."

Anonymous said...

I think the moral of the story Zoe posted is be very careful about the mental health professionals you select to confide in. I learned that the hard way. I now have a therapist and psychiatrist who are really laid back, calm, and have been in practice for years. They don't overreact to stuff. Choose wisely.