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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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Abolish The Fed

Clifton, NJ

#23 Apr 28, 2010
What about stimulants used to treat ADHD. How effective are they?
These stimulants alter behavior in a way that teachers can appreciate. They subdue finger-tapping and disruptive symptoms. But in the 1990s, the National Institute of Mental Health started looking to see if things like Ritalin were benefiting kids with ADHD, and to this day they have no evidence that this drug treatment improves long-term functioning in any domain -- the ADHD symptoms, lower delinquency rates, better performance at school, et cetera. Then the NIMH studied whether these drugs provide a long-term benefit, and they found that after three years, being on medication is actually a marker of deterioration. Some patients’ growth has been stunted, their ADHD symptoms have worsened. William Pelham, from the State University of New York at Buffalo and one of the principal investigators in that study, said, "We need to confess to parents that we’ve found no benefit." None. And we think that with drugs, the benefits should outweigh the risks.
What's so risky about Ritalin?
For one, a significant percentage -- between 10 and 25 percent -- of kids prescribed medication for ADHD will have a manic episode or psychotic episode and deteriorate in such a way that they’re diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A similar study in 2000 on pediatric bipolar disorder reported that 84 percent of the children treated for bipolar illness -- at the Luci Bini Mood Disorders Clinic in New York -- had been previously exposed to psychiatric medications. The author, Gianni Faeda, wrote, "Strikingly, in fewer than 10 percent of the cases was diagnosis of bipolar disorder considered initially." The reality is that until children were medicated with stimulants and antidepressants, you didn't see juvenile bipolar mania.
But if these studies are so groundbreaking, why have they gone unreported in the media?
Because the NIMH didn’t announce it. Just as they didn’t announce the 2007 outcome study for schizophrenia patients. In that study, the recovery rate was 40 percent for those off meds, but only 5 percent for those on meds. I checked all the NIMH press releases for 2007, and found no release on this study. I found no announcement of it in any American Psychiatric Association publication or textbook. Not a single newspaper published an account of the study. And that’s because the psychiatric establishment -- the NIMH, the APA, even the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy organization -- did not put out any press release about it or try to alert the media in any way.
Are you suggesting that psychiatrists are beholden to pharmaceutical companies?
Not exactly, although most of the leading academic psychiatrists act as consultants, advisors and speakers for them. The problem is that psychiatry, starting in 1980 with the publication of the DSM-III, decided to tell the public that psychiatric disorders were biological ailments, and that its drugs were safe and effective treatments for those ailments. If it suddenly announces to the public that a long-term NIMH-funded study found that the 15-year recovery rate for schizophrenia patients was 40 percent for those off meds and 5 percent for those on meds, then that story begins to fall apart. By not reporting the results, psychiatry maintains the image of its drugs in the public mind, and the value of psychiatrists in today’s therapy marketplace.
So do you think psychiatric drugs should be used at all?
I think they should be used in a selective, cautious manner. It should be understood that they’re not fixing any chemical imbalances. And honestly, they should be used on a short-term basis. But beyond this, I think we should look at programs that are getting very good results. This is what I love about Keropudas Hospital’s program in Finland. They have 20 years of great results treating newly psychotic patients. They see if patients can get better without the use of meds, and if they can’t, then they try them. It’s a best-use model, no

Englishtown, NJ

#24 Jun 9, 2011
Dr Ellyn Shander wrote:
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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pls Dr Ellyn Shander" i have been in treatment with u there at the hill ,,u are a angery nasty women do u remeber little leslie we know where she is now dont we ,,good won plssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ss u think your god

Englishtown, NJ

#25 Jun 9, 2011
pls this so called doc was also my doc there 20 years ago ,she thnks she is god ,,i dont want a law suite so i wont say anyomre about her ,, she knows what happen to the poor little girl leslie that was also in are group ,
the truth

United States

#26 Jun 9, 2011
I wonder who got his panties
the truth

United States

#27 Jun 10, 2011
I hope I can get his pink panties

Cortlandt Manor, NY

#29 Jan 28, 2013
A diabetic patient [unnamed, unidentified for confidentiality] was let to stay at 5 times his normal blood sugar, while DETOXING PATIENTS had to help to carry this man across the entire unit so that he could get to a chair in an area where you wait for your meds[insulin for him]. Well, after 2+ hours of waiting for a doctor to call and APPROVE THIS POOR GUYS insulin shot, he had passed out cold in a chair and nobody except one patient noticed, who shared quickly the news w the nearby patients so they could also assist if they so wanted, since the staff was too busy doing a shift change and telling each other about their upcoming plans for after work. All of these staff who were both leaving and starting shift were aware that his blood sugar was 5x and he felt very ill. he turned while as a cloth. Poor man was shaking like michael j. fox [not trying to be rude], but pretty accurate.. only one, ONE out of 10 staff even PICKED UP A PHONE to TRY to get help. In the mean time, we were called Mother F...'s by the ONLY MALE STAFF MEMBER who was CAPABLE of helping the diabetic man to his feet, but choose to sit, watch and curse us out for caring about a new patient.

Don't, DON'T send you're loved one's here if you want them to get help.

The social workers are paid commission to sign patients up for SPECIFIC aftercare programs, and have been conniving breaking patients trust [and in some peoples opinions, HIPPA... but, no proof] in order to steer patients away from out of state care in order to keep their money coming back around and around.

Send them to a real hospital, not a farm house with cameras and no employees.

Ridgefield, CT

#30 Jan 29, 2013
Abolish The Fed wrote:
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.
Well thought. The DSM 4 and 5 fail to recognize one of the most common ailments. The one the writers themselves have. Pigeon hole bullying disorder. That is where a person becomes de-humanized by professionals who fail to see the person as a whole and see them instead as a disordered human. They then systematically strip away that persons self esteem by convincing them that they have this disorder and now need to be 'fixed' so they appear, think and feel-'normal'.If more people who were different were accepted and their contributions were made welcome, would the individual be depressed or full of angst at their treatment or dismissal by society?

Waltham, MA

#31 Jun 5, 2013
Silver Hill over medicates its patients and recently killed one by overdosing him while in the hospital's care. Check the court records, the current case is public information.

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