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The health insurance reform bill Congress passed and President Obama signed has a number of small, psychiatric-targeted provisions, but their significance probably pales beside the first-time insuring of somewhere above 30 million Americans—some of whom will visit psychiatrists for the first time in their lives.

The Political Diagnosis: Psychiatry in the Service of the Law

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
Perhaps one of the positive things to come out of the Kansas v Hendricks wave of sexually violent predator (SVP) commitment laws during the past decade is that our knowledge base on sex offenders has grown tremendously.
While the Army considers what, if any, disciplinary actions to take against those who directed the medical training of MAJ Nidal Hasan—the accused Fort Hood shooter—one psychiatrist’s legal counsel faults the military for blaming a handful of officers for a broader institutional failing.

Extraordinarily Ordinary

May 13, 2010  |  Posted by Psychiatric Times | No Comments
My “most important achievement to date” is that I’m capable of even the simplest forms of basic cognition. I can remember, perceive, speak, feel, think, solve, and—sometimes—pay attention.
The health insurance reform bill Congress passed and President Obama signed has a number of small, psychiatric-targeted provisions, but their significance probably pales beside the first-time insuring of somewhere above 30 million Americans—some of whom will visit psychiatrists for the first time in their lives.