Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

Cover image from "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System" by E. Fuller Torrey. -

Cover image from "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System" by E. Fuller Torrey.

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

We spend $140 billion on public mental health services in this country, but at any given time, approximately half of all seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all. Lack of public understanding is part of the problem: many still believe severe mental illness is psychological rather than biological. Federal programs conceived half a century ago to replace much maligned state institutions were poorly conceived, never adequately coordinated and, by all accounts, woefully inadequate. Today, family members, police officers and the courts find themselves on the front lines of this crisis. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges of getting help for people with severe mental illness.

Guests

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

president, Treatment Advocacy Center.

Dr. Liza Gold

clinical professor of psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center and vice president, American Academy of Psychiatry & The Law.

Michael Biasotti

police chief, New Windsor, N.Y. and past president, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police

Rep. Tim Murphy

congressman, (R-Penn, 18th).

Read An Excerpt

Reprinted from "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System" by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. with permission from Oxford University Press. Copyright © E. Fuller Torrey 2014

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