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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey Discusses His Book The Insanity Offense
Join Jacqueline Foreman, host of Your Mental Health Talk Radio as she interviews Dr. E. Fuller Torrey about his book The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure To Treat The Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens on Saturday, September 6th.
By: Jacqueline Foreman
Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, scores of patients with severe psychiatric disorders were discharged from public mental hospitals. At the same time, activists forced changes in commitment laws that made it impossible to treat half of the patients that left the hospital. The combined effect was profoundly destructive. Today, among homeless persons, at least one-third are severely mentally ill; among the incarcerated, at least one-tenth. Of those individuals living in our communities, many are the victims of violent crime. Other untreated individuals commit crimes, including murder and assault. In The Insanity Offense, E. Fuller Torrey takes full stock of this phenomenon, exploring the causes and consequences as he weaves together narratives of individual tragedies in three states with sobering national data on our failure to treat the mentally ill. In the book's final chapters, Torrey outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing—and accelerating—
From 1976 to 1985, he was on the clinical staff of St. Elizabeths Hospital, specializing in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Torrey directed a study of identical twins with schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. His research has explored viruses as a possible cause of these disorders and he has carried out research in Ireland and Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Torrey was educated at Princeton University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude), McGill University School of Medicine (M.D.), and Stanford University (M.A. in Anthropology)
He is the author of 20 books and more than 200 lay and professional papers. Some of his books have been translated into Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
Dr. Torrey has appeared on national radio and television (outlets like NPR, Oprah, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and Dateline) and has written for many newspapers. He received two Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service, a 1984 Special Families Award from NAMI, a 1991 National Caring Award, in 1999 received a research award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia and a humanitarian award from NARSAD, and a 2005 tribute included in NAMI's 25th Anniversary Celebratory Donor Wall. Born in Utica, New York, in 1937, he is married with two children.
Don't miss this very important show with Dr. Torrey.
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