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.
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:
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