Saturday, November 10, 2012

9 Year Old Girl's Mother Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Mental Health Care Provider

Psychiatrists and Mental Health facilities never have to take responsibility for the loss of life that takes place under their care. Thousands of children and young adults commit suicide yet the psychiatrist who prescribes these killing pills are never held to account. A mother loses her nine year old daughter which clearly should not have happened. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The mother of a slain 9-year-old Missouri girl is suing a mental health clinic saying it was in a position to know and prevent the violent tendencies of the teenager who killed her daughter. Patricia Preiss filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Pathways Behavioral Healthcare, two employees and 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante, who was convicted in Elizabeth Olten's death. Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of the October 2009 slaying in St. Martins, a small community just west of Jefferson City. She was sentenced in February to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to killing Elizabeth. The lawsuit says Pathways personnel knew of Bustamante's violent tendencies and threats, and should have detained the teen, the Jefferson City News-Tribune ( ) reported. The suit seeks "fair and just expenses" for Elizabeth's death, plus monetary damages for her pain and suffering and punitive damages. During Bustamante's sentencing hearing in February, Cole County prosecutors and the teen's public defenders presented evidence that Bustamante had cut herself a number of times and had been hospitalized at the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center in Columbia after a 2007 suicide attempt. She became a Pathways client after she was released from the hospital. Bustamante admitted in court that she strangled Elizabeth, stabbed her and slit her throat, then buried the child in a wooded area behind their homes. During the hearing, prosecutors pointed to a journal entry written by Bustamante on the night of the slaying in which she described it as an "ahmazing" experience. In court, Bustamante apologized for her actions. The lawsuit by Preiss alleges that Bustamante had indicated to Pathways personnel that she wanted to harm Elizabeth. Pathways' employees "were aware of the same violent propensities of Bustamante, as well as the specific, identifiable threats to harm Olten," the lawsuit says. But "none of these defendants took actions to detain Bustamante" and "none warned Olten or Preiss of the specific threat on Olten, nor did they take any action that might have prevented Bustamante from harming Olten." Pathways counselor Ron Wilson, who was named as a defendant in the lawsuit, had testified during Bustamante's sentencing hearing that she had not indicated she was a threat to anyone but herself. The lawsuit also names Pathways psychiatrist Niger Sultana as a defendant. Mel Fetter, president and CEO of Pathways' parent company Compass Health, told the News-Tribune that he couldn't comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 18, was assigned to Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce, who also presided over Bustamante's sentencing hearing. No hearings had been scheduled as of Monday. Preiss previously filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit against Karen and Gary Brooke, who are Bustamante's grandparents and were her legal guardians at the time of Elizabeth's slaying. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Gloria Reno ordered a $400,000 judgment in that case, after an Oct. 3 hearing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some Psychiatrist Say Creativity closely connected with Mental Illness

In a BBC article recently psychiatrists say creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people. Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found. They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves.The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder according to their report. The BBC article mentions several novelists with “disorders”. Novelist Virginia Woolf, who wrote A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse, had depression and drowned herself Fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, had depression US author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, had depression and killed himself with a shotgun. Author and playwright Graham Greene, who wrote the novel Brighton Rock, had bipolar disorder. We don’t subscribe to this idea that creativity is close to mental illness. Creativity is one thing and an illness is another. Just because someone who writes a book is also depressed doesn't make a case in our view. Writing a novel is a large undertaking for anyone and it also involves risk, and potential fear of failure. These are normal feelings of normal people. Psychiatry’s only solution to depression or a person with a mental issue is to drug them. There methods in the past of shock treatment, involuntary confinement, and lobotomies didn't work and there “solutions” using drugs also doesn't work. In fact they make people worse. These drugs may also destroy the creativity of an artist or musician as a pharma drugs alters an artist’s viewpoint and vision. Drugs be it recreational or pharma drugs dump down a person and kills their creativity.