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Perspectives on Employment and Recovery
Marjorie L. Baldwin Ph.D.
Do we deliberately distract ourselves with seemingly more manageable problems when larger issues are just too scary to face?
Unsubstantiated allegations of mental illness directed toward public figures reinforce the pervasive stigma associated with mental disorders. Who is really being harmed?
We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?
The shootings in Charleston and Fort Lauderdale have very little in common, except that innocent people died. One of these tragedies could have been prevented.
What's wrong with peer support programs that employ persons in recovery from SMI? Nothing, except that they do not combat the negative stereotypes of mental illness.
When the symptoms of mental illness are acute, they affect an individual’s decision-making capacity. Our failure to provide treatment to those in need is discrimination..
In the wake of tragedy, politics turns to gun control. Meanwhile, a fractured mental health system allows persons with acute symptoms to go untreated, until someone gets hurt.
Estimated costs of schizophrenia in the U.S. were $155 billion in 2013. Only 1/4 of costs were for health care for the mentally ill. What accounts for the remaining $117 billion?
New atypical antipsychotic drugs make it possible for many people with serious mental illness to work. Old stereotypes keep them on the fringes of the labor force.
Seventeen years ago I stood in the emergency room of a university hospital where my son had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It took me years before I could tell the story.
Marjorie L. Baldwin, Ph.D., a health economist and economics professor at Arizona State University, is author of the forthcoming book, Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness.