Jury rules for Silver Hill in patient suicide

There are 28 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Jan 4, 2008, titled Jury rules for Silver Hill in patient suicide. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

A Stamford Superior Court jury Thursday found in favor of Silver Hill Hospital and psychiatrist Dr.

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pay it forward

Wilton, CT

#1 Jan 4, 2008
Let the woman rest in peace. She had choices - she chose not to continue in this life. I am so glad this lawsuit was in favor of Silver Hills Hospital. Now put that greedy Kervick in Silver Hills -
Harm

Southington, CT

#2 Jan 4, 2008
They had a duty to help not hurt...they are not worthy of accredidation...
Maddie

Seymour, CT

#3 Jan 4, 2008
God helps those who help themselves. Suicide is a very SELFISH ACT ! The Hospital did what they could have done .. I'm sure of that. This person was very sick .. and will now get the ultimate therapy she needs ... in the hands of God. May he have mercy on her soul. God Bless everyone and be safe.
Harm

Southington, CT

#4 Jan 4, 2008
the hospital has a duty and they failed to provide the help that she needed may god forgive them for allowing a victim to die in thier care...
WOWZERS GO AWAY

Boston, MA

#5 Jan 4, 2008
Wowzers, go away now... We got your 2 cents, we'll give you 3 cents to go away... for good!
Daniel lives in Paris

United States

#6 Jan 4, 2008
Although this is an unfortunate situation, I'm glad to see the Hospital come out on top.
Dr Ellyn Shander

AOL

#7 Jan 4, 2008
What really touched my heart was the committment of 6 honest, conscientious, senstive jurors who spent almost 6 weeks listeing to this case and carefully processing all the evidence. Their compassion towards Ruth, and thier committment to justice for her was overwhelming. Ruth never had anyone speak up for her during her whole life. This was a wonderful day , a victory for truth and integrity and HER day to finally get justice. Thank you to the wonderful jurors who understood Ruth, and the terrible situation she was in with D.K. Thank you for making this system work. A victory for good over evil!!!
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Dr Ellyn Shander

AOL

#8 Jan 4, 2008
CORRECTED POST: What really touched my heart was the committment of 6 honest, conscientious, senstive jurors who spent almost 6 weeks listeing to this case and carefully processing all the evidence. Their compassion towards Ruth, and thier committment to justice for her was overwhelming. Ruth never had anyone speak up for her during her whole life. This was a wonderful day , a victory for truth and integrity and HER day to finally get justice. Thank you to the wonderful jurors who understood Ruth, and the terrible situation she was in with D.K. Thank you for making this system work. A victory for good over evil!!!
dr ill

Southington, CT

#9 Jan 5, 2008
good over evil? a person is dead because you failed to do your job. is this how you would like your family to d.i.e in a mental barn?
Maria

AOL

#10 Jan 5, 2008
Victory? What a strange word to use in any instance of suicide. Dr. Shander, you state no one ever spoke up for Ruth in her "life"? Well WHY did everyone wait to speak up after death? I don't know the situation with DK but I can read that a woman is dead because apparently she wasn't being as cared for as she obviously needed and for the record, it is my understanding Silver Hill is one of the more affluent (higher priced rehab facilities), so what it is they do that is so "prestigious" that one can just kill themself on their grounds?(No cameras or no one watching?) Shame on Silver Hill, Shame!
Ive been to silver hill

AOL

#11 May 28, 2008
That place would make a person want to commit suicide, they over medicate their patients, and one even fell and broke her leg due to being overmedicated while i was there!!!!! Its pretty disgusting to drug people up who are either mentally ill or trying to get off drugs, and that hospital has a good reputation, however, the behavior by the staff is very much like how they treat the elderly, drug them up so you dont have to do anything with the patients. Makes work a lot easier. Maybe it was the 15 pills they were probably giving this patient that lead to the death.
SILVER Hill cares

Marlborough, CT

#12 Aug 10, 2008
If it wasn't for silver hill and the doctors and staff i would not be alive today they do not over medicate you ,obvious that this girl had some serious issues and she really wanted to die , it could have happened in any REHAB, they keep you safe it's not Dr.Shanders fault i incourage people who need the help to go to silver hill they will give you the help, care and respect that we all deserve ,YES I'M very happy that the jury ruled in silver hill and in Dr.Shanders favor and they do keep you very safe,in a very comfortable situation when you are having such a hard time in life , it's not just a rehab , it's also a hospital , that treats all mental health problems ,thank god , for the staff and dotors
Madmanmike

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Aug 10, 2008
SILVER Hill cares wrote:
If it wasn't for silver hill and the doctors and staff i would not be alive today they do not over medicate you ,obvious that this girl had some serious issues and she really wanted to die , it could have happened in any REHAB, they keep you safe it's not Dr.Shanders fault i incourage people who need the help to go to silver hill they will give you the help, care and respect that we all deserve ,YES I'M very happy that the jury ruled in silver hill and in Dr.Shanders favor and they do keep you very safe,in a very comfortable situation when you are having such a hard time in life , it's not just a rehab , it's also a hospital , that treats all mental health problems ,thank god , for the staff and dotors
I dont know about Silver Hill but I do know that State run Hospitals are a disaster. I would expect someone to die under State care because the people they hire are maniacs themselves.
iman

San Diego, CA

#14 Sep 10, 2008
thet if killselfe he go to hill
My Dog Max

New Brunswick, NJ

#15 Sep 10, 2008
Silver Hill is not State Run, it is a private institution and unfortunatley I'm aquainted with it due to my wife's bi-polar/self medication with booze. I would have prefered to not need them but I can tell you the place is run as well as any facility in the country and the staff is top notch. I can't swear no mistakes were made in this case but the jury feels that the hospital was not at fault, case closed.
Madmanmike

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Sep 10, 2008
My Dog Max wrote:
Silver Hill is not State Run, it is a private institution and unfortunatley I'm aquainted with it due to my wife's bi-polar/self medication with booze. I would have prefered to not need them but I can tell you the place is run as well as any facility in the country and the staff is top notch. I can't swear no mistakes were made in this case but the jury feels that the hospital was not at fault, case closed.
Another one with the fake bi-polar disorder that has no real medical explanation.
clovis

Red Bank, NJ

#17 Apr 27, 2010
You know nothing........suicide is a horrible state of negative mind, people go to hospitals because they are desperate and seeking their help. If that hospital doesn't have the ability to recognize the extent of that patients precarious state of mind and help them accordingly, the hospital should not be practicing nor tout their expertise if they have none. This hospital is about money....not the best welfare of their patients.
Abolish The Fed

Clifton, NJ

#18 Apr 27, 2010
clovis wrote:
You know nothing........suicide is a horrible state of negative mind, people go to hospitals because they are desperate and seeking their help. If that hospital doesn't have the ability to recognize the extent of that patients precarious state of mind and help them accordingly, the hospital should not be practicing nor tout their expertise if they have none. This hospital is about money....not the best welfare of their patients.
Everything you need to cure your sick mind is in nature, turn off the TV it is society that has created your sick mind.
Abolish The Fed

Clifton, NJ

#20 Apr 28, 2010
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The hidden damage of psychiatric drugs
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An award-winning science reporter looks at the history of mental illness in America — with disturbing results.

By Jed Lipinski~Salon

In the past few months, the perennial controversy over psychiatric drug use has been growing considerably more heated. A January study showed a negligible difference between antidepressants and placebos in treating all but the severest cases of depression. The study became the subject of a Newsweek cover story, and the value of psychiatric drugs has recently been debated in the pages of the New Yorker, the New York Times and Salon. Many doctors and patients fiercely defend psychiatric drugs and their ability to improve lives. But others claim their popularity is a warning sign of a dangerously over-medicated culture.

The timing of Robert Whitaker’s “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” a comprehensive and highly readable history of psychiatry in the United States, couldn’t be better. An acclaimed mental health journalist and winner of a George Polk Award for his reporting on the psychiatric field, Whitaker draws on 50 years of literature and in-person interviews with patients to answer a simple question: If “wonder drugs” like Prozac are really helping people, why has the number of Americans on government disability due to mental illness skyrocketed from 1.25 million in 1987 to over 4 million today?

“Anatomy of an Epidemic” is the first book to investigate the long-term outcomes of patients treated with psychiatric drugs, and Whitaker finds that, overall, the drugs may be doing more harm than good. Adhering to studies published in prominent medical journals, he argues that, over time, patients with schizophrenia do better off medication than on it. Children who take stimulants for ADHD, he writes, are more likely to suffer from mania and bipolar disorder than those who go unmedicated. Intended to challenge the conventional wisdom about psychiatric drugs,“Anatomy” is sure to provoke a hot-tempered response, especially from those inside the psychiatric community

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Abolish The Fed

Clifton, NJ

#22 Apr 28, 2010
Why didn't this change people's minds about psychiatric drugs?

Psychiatry essentially shut off any further public discussion of this sort. And there’s a reason for this. In the 1970s, psychiatry felt that it was in a fight for its survival. Its two prominent classes of drugs -- antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines like Valium -- were coming to be seen as problematic and even harmful, and sales of these drugs declined. At the same time, there’d been an explosion in the number of counselors and psychologists offering other forms of non-drug therapy.

Psychiatry saw itself in competition for patients with these other therapists, and in the late 1970s, the field realized that its advantage in the marketplace was its prescribing powers. Thus the field consciously sought to tell a public story that would support the use of its medications, and embraced the "medical model" of psychiatric disorders. This took off with the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III in 1980, which introduced many new classes of “treatable” disorders.

In a recent New Yorker article, Louis Menand suggested that anxiety drugs were rebranded as antidepressants in the '80s, because anxiety drugs had acquired a bad name. Is that really true?

Depression and anxiety are pretty closely linked. Before benzodiapenes came out, the discomfort that younger people and working people felt was seen as anxiety, by and large. Depression was seen as less common, a disease among the middle-aged and older. It was this deep thing, where people are putting their heads in their hands and can’t move. But when the benzodiazepines were proven to be addictive and harmful, the pharmaceutical companies said, in essence, "We have this market of people who feel discomfort in their lives, which we used to call anxiety. If we can rebrand it as depression, then we can bring a new antidepressant to market." It was a reconceptualization of discomfort, and it opened up the giant market for antidepressants as we see today.

And yet many studies have shown that antidepressants can treat depression, especially in severe cases.

In severe cases, you do see that people benefit from antidepressants, and that shows up consistently. But you still have to raise the question, even in that severe group: What happens to those medicated patients in the long term, compared to what happened in previous times? One thing that surprised me, looking at the epidemiological literature from the pre-antidepressant era, is that even severely depressed, hospitalized patients could with time expect to get well, and most did. Today, however, there’s a high incidence of patients on long-term drug therapy that become chronically ill.

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