Force, Trauma & Sexual Abuse Common in Mental Hospitals, According to Survey

In a survey of people who had been patients in mental hospitals, nearly 500 respondents told of an experience that was often traumatic, and frequently characterized by a violation of their legal rights, forced treatment with drugs, and physical or sexual abuse.
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NEW YORK - Dec. 10, 2018 - PRLog -- Americans will be shocked to read the results of a newly published survey by Mad In America's Michael Simonson, which tells of force, trauma and sexual abuse in America's mental hospitals.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Whitaker assisted with the survey's publication.

The survey results and accompanying analysis can be viewed here.

The respondents' accounts of their psych ward stays are especially moving, and can be read here.

The key findings of the survey include:
  • More than half of the respondents described their psychiatric ward experience as "traumatic."
  • Thirty-seven percent said they were physically abused in some way (with forced treatment included as an example of physical abuse.)
  • Seven percent said they were sexually abused.
  • Only 27% said they felt "safe and secure" while on the psych ward.
  • Only 17% said they were "satisfied with the quality of the psychiatric treatment" they received.
If you'd like to interview Michael, or the psych ward patients who responded to the survey, please contact me at this email or 201-572-1030.

Source:Mad In America
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