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Do current psychiatric hospitals do more harm than good?

Asked by: Fanny
  • Doctors leave people on medication that doesn't actually help.

    I have watched my mother suffer with various issues for nearly all of her adult life.
    She gets ill then she gets sectioned and put it hospital. They do nothing for her in hospital apart from pump her full of the medications which have now led to her having multiple problems with her health.
    Which only adds to her existing mental health illness. The Doctors have pretty much 3 or 4 key diagnoses for anyone that goes into hospital. The nurses and doctors think they know everything about everyone that walks through their doors.
    They are so convinced their methods are always right they never reflect on their practice and change to improve and make things a more person centred approach.
    Mental health is outdated and linear which is why the majority of people don't get the long term help they need.
    I have watched this process as a child, a teenager and now as an adult. Nothing has changed. Stop blaming funding it has always been a service that is outdated.
    People are more complex and each one of us is an individual.
    A high dosage of meds might make someone functional but it does nothing to help them in the long term.

  • Doctors are overprescribing too many psycho meds.

    After my husband was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's and given Alzheimer's meds which all caused bad side effects.....Fainting, seizures, confusion, thrashing and finally hallucinations with physical aggression, he was admitted to a hospital and nursing facility for 3 months and given so much psycho meds which advanced his cognition decline. He is now in the best VA facility but came in with tons of psycho meds and are decreasing his meds which were given at a psycho hospital which have caused Parkinsonism, edema, rapid cognition decline, etc. He now is just existing as there is no quality of life. Doctors need to stop over-medicating and try non-medicine approaches first. At most, introduce one med at a time to check out reactions. Hospital doctors should follow up with patients they medicated after being released from the hospital to realize what damage they have caused. I trust Pharmacists more with meds than doctors and feel doctors should consult more with Pharmacists.

  • Doctors are overprescribing too many psycho meds.

    After my husband was diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's and given Alzheimer's meds which all caused bad side effects.....Fainting, seizures, confusion, thrashing and finally hallucinations with physical aggression, he was admitted to a hospital and nursing facility for 3 months and given so much psycho meds which advanced his cognition decline. He is now in the best VA facility but came in with tons of psycho meds and are decreasing his meds which were given at a psycho hospital which have caused Parkinsonism, edema, rapid cognition decline, etc. He now is just existing as there is no quality of life. Doctors need to stop over-medicating and try non-medicine approaches first. At most, introduce one med at a time to check out reactions. Hospital doctors should follow up with patients they medicated after being released from the hospital to realize what damage they have caused. I trust Pharmacists more with meds than doctors and feel doctors should consult more with Pharmacists.

  • Hospitals help people

    It is a very odd idea that Hospitals with Doctors sworn under the hypocratic oath do mere harm than good.
    Are you suggesting that psychiatric patients are better off going untreated?
    Psychiatric patients are far more a risk to themselves than the public and if left untreated are likely to hurt themselves, to suggest we should leave people untreated sounds an awful lot like backdoor eugenics or a major lack of understanding.


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PhDMan says2014-01-20T20:32:47.097
Again, another yes or no answer question. There needs to be a center choice of "it depends". I have worked at psychiatric hospitals and different ones will have different effects. Poorly managed psychiatric hospitals can do harm just as much as a highly maintained one. Factors that need to be considered is a) how educated are the employees b) the types of milieus in the hospital c) professionalism of the staff d) clinical approach hospital fosters etc. The list is long and diverse. A person who does not need to be in a psychiatric hospital may be assigned treatment by the courts and in reality it can do more harm. On the other hand a person may be unstable and require medication adjustment, would more than likely benefit from the psychiatric hospital. It is not a simple yes or no answer.