Inpatient Psychiatry

In the past, mentally ill patients had few rights. Patients were committed to mental hospitals by psychiatrists on the advi~e of families. Even when legal rights were recognized in theory, the problems patients had in legal representation in the absence of public defenders to handle such cases often made the theories hollow. Psychiatrists generally are most concerned with patient welfare …

Sexual Assault: Physiology

Myths, stereotypes, and unfounded beliefs about male sexuality, in particular male homosexuality, are widespread in legal and medical communities, as well as among agencies providing services to sexual assault victims. These include perceptions that men in noninstitutionalized settings are rarely sexually assaulted, that male victims are responsible for their assaults, that male sexual assault victims are less traumatized by the …

Consultations on psychiatistry

The consultation is described by Pendleton as ‘the central act of medicine’ which ‘deserves to be understood’. It is clearly central to the transaction between doctors and patients and central to the relationship between doctors and patients.The consultation is the basic tool of general practice and, like general practice, it has changed and evolved over the years. Many factors have …

Stress Disorder

The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety. Treatment includes different types of psychotherapy as well as medications to manage depression and anxiety.Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — …

Abnormal Psycho Death

Warning Signs of Suicide past attempts —have they attempted before to take their own life —how happy are they that they are found -plan —does the person have a plan of how they’re actually going to take their life? —How they think it through? timeframe —are they trying to send a message? —Doing this on a day they will be …

Personal Injury Litigation

Civil litigation is a major aspect of the legal system in the United States, marked by a vast number and variety of cases. According to census data from 2008, more than 19 million civil cases were filed in state trial courts in that year alone. In the U.S. District Courts, 285,215 civil cases were filed in 2010, with 87,256 of …

Substance Use Disorders

Drs. Norko and Fitch examine questions raised by DSM-5 in the forensic context of criminal defendant diversion to treatment, where eligibility has commonly relied on the view that addiction to alcohol or drugs is distinct from alcohol or drug use, misuse, and abuse. The creation in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), of the new …