At Connecticut’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital, staff members put a diaper on a patient’s head, threw food at him, poured water over him, put salt in his coffee, kicked him and placed a mop on his head after cleaning a floor, according to a state report.
A 2012 study, the largest of its kind to date, found that the changes in the adult brain resulting from abuse as a child make victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Several mental illnesses and disorders can increase the risk of abusive patterns arising in the sufferer’s interpersonal relationships. However, while abuse and mental illness are related, it is stressed that each problem should be treated separately, and that mental illness is no excuse to exhibit abusive behavior. Domestic violence is often kept a secret and is a major cause of mental ill health worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 15-71% of women worldwide have experienced some form of abuse, and abuse is still one of the leading causes of death for women of childbearing age. In the United States, an estimated 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, while 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men report having been victims of domestic violence.
Children exposed to violence in their homes can suffer throughout their lives. They are, as studies from the U.S. Department of Justice have shown, more prone to commit suicide.
Experiencing multiple forms of abuse early in life can increase the likelihood a child will develop psychotic symptoms. A report in Schizophrenia Bulletin now suggests there are several factors that may offer some protection from this risk.
Childhood adversity (ie, experiences of loss and/or abuse) is significantly associated with later onset of personality disorder and higher levels of psychiatric distress, according to a new study published in Personality and Mental Health.
Our experiences as children growing up inform how we parent when we have kids of our own. But when those experiences are abusive, neglectful or otherwise adverse, they can increase the risk for a negative cycle that can play out for generations within a family.
Mental-health series looks at how abusive fathers can change with Australian documentary Call Me Dad
In the 2015 Australian documentary Call Me Dad, director Sophie Wiesner follows, over several months, three men in a Melbourne suburb’s behavioural change program for abusive fathers called the Heavy METAL (Men’s Education Towards Anger and Life) Group.
Muslim Women’s Experiences with Stigma, Discrimination and Abuse Are Associated with Depression in America
“Our findings have implications for clinical care, public health practice and policy, because a depressed Muslim American woman may be discriminated against due to her religion and mental health,” said Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Public Health. “These women face a double jeopardy, of sorts.”
Legislators have been under the gun from child welfare advocates and state leaders to use this session to make long-sought changes to how the state protects endangered children.
Shortly after David Hess died in a struggle with staffers at Wordsworth last fall, the state shuttered the West Philadelphia facility, decrying it as “an immediate and serious danger” to the children who lived there.
More needs to be done to determine whether domestic violence is at the root of subsequent illnesses and injuries such as high blood pressure, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Hospital bosses have also stated there has been a notable rise of children self-harming by overdosing on prescribed drugs found in households rather than recreational drugs.
Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
“The conditions are deplorable… these victims are voiceless, they might as well be children.”
Hospital that subjected elderly people with mental health issues to ‘institutional abuse’ under spotlight
The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals.”
Those caring for the survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress after repeated abuse should seek mental health intervention for them, but even then it will be a lifelong struggle for many of the victims. Read more…
An Alabama inmate found dead in his cell apparently killed himself just weeks after testifying in a trial accusing the state of denying proper mental health care to prisoners, officials said Tuesday. Read more…
New technology could help find children at risk of abuse or neglect. While the state tries to manage hundreds of thousands of cases, the Department of Family and Protective Services rolled out upgrades earlier this week. Read more…
Raul Vela can’t change what happened to his daughter, so he’s trying to persuade state lawmakers to increase restrictions on social media, making it harder for cyberbullies to stay anonymous.
The review was triggered by the suicide of three firefighters earlier this year and involved interviews with 65 of 2,200 employees and further information from 220 staff.
Among the report’s key findings as it relates to East Austin is the lack of community services offered in that part of the city, yielding an inequitable division of such resources citywide.