Patients with severe mental illness (SMI) routinely have no access to adequate medication, psychological counseling, social support, and/or housing.
Allen Frances, MD
This third in the series provides advice to families on how best to cope with the psychiatric problems of a family member.
Recently DSM-IV Chair Allen Frances, MD wrote 50 pieces of advice to clinicians on how best to help their patients. It seems fitting, then, to provide an equal portion of advice for patients who seek help from those clinicians.
Here it is—the 50 most important things Allan Frances, MD, has learned in over 50 years studying psychiatry.
The “deinstitionalization” movement was meant to correct a stream of neglected patients, a demoralized and disengaged staff, and disappearing doctors. That didn't happen.
It takes decisive action, not words, to really end stigma.
More than any other medical specialty, we sometimes feel compelled, and empowered, to treat patients against their will. With this comes two great responsibilities.
We have criminalized mental health problems—a barbaric throwback to the dismal conditions before the Enlightenment.
In the opinion of the author, the psychiatry/anti-psychiatry rift has had a devastating effect on the lives of people with severe psychiatric problems.
Setting the record straight on what the literature does and does not say about long-term use of antipsychotics.