Author | E. Fuller Torrey, MD


Riches Abound, So Where Are the Trials for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder?

May 05, 2020


Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are among the most serious psychiatric disorders and play a disproportionate role among individuals who end up homeless, incarcerated, and who die by suicide. Why the lack of research?

HOCUS POCUS: How the NIMH Made 2 Million People With Schizophrenia Disappear

March 14, 2018


The last major study of the prevalence of schizophrenia in the US was carried out in the early 1980s. The results from that study have been used for 3 decades.

Treating the Sickest: Why Does the US Lag Behind?

November 15, 2017


How to decrease recidivism for individuals with serious mental illnesses who are released from jails or prisons or discharged from hospitals? Here are several effective mechanisms.

4 Myths About Assisted Outpatient Treatment

May 25, 2017


After lounging on the doorstep of respectability for the past decade, assisted outpatient treatment is here to stay. But some still balk at the notion.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Enters the Mainstream

April 29, 2017


Here: common misconceptions about assisted outpatient treatment--and how this tool can help selected mentally ill patients who are most difficult to treat.

Raising Cain: The Problem of Family Homicides

August 22, 2016


Individuals with serious mental illness are responsible for more than 7% of the nation’s homicides. What can be done to reduce this deadly phenomenon?

Why Clozapine Use Varies by State

March 23, 2016


Reasons for the overall low rate of clozapine use brings to light questionable decisions on the part of policymakers

A Dearth of Psychiatric Beds

February 25, 2016


The current shortage of psychiatric beds in the US is a major problem. Patients are discharged prematurely and often have to be readmitted or end up homeless or incarcerated.

Fraud, Waste, and Excess Profits

November 18, 2015


A report on Medicaid and Medicare fraud, excessive waste, and frivolous expenditures-all at the expense of those who suffer from psychiatric illness.

Improving the Mental Health System: Who Is Responsible?

December 24, 2014


The funding of mental illness services in the US is more thought-disordered than any of the thought-disordered patients it is meant to serve.