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Bedlam greed, profiteering, and fraud in a mental health system gone Crazy Paperback – January 1, 1994


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OTHP5U
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,505,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly shocking book. In terms of content, it could be said that there is nothing new under the sun: the psychotherapy industry is greedy and corrupt. Plenty of writers from Masson onwards, have revealed to us the real motivating factors for many mental health professionals: greed and narcissism. But even the harshest cynic will be horrified by the details contained in this work. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Castellano-hoyt on January 14, 2006
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Reviewer Charles Hannasch is correct in his observation about the swift publication of Sharkey's book. I am not aware that other books or publications of this story were hurt thereby. However I wish that Sharkey had interviewed me about some details since I'm the one who initially trained Sector One personnel on mental health emergency detention warrants and because of that involvement assisted (then State Senator) Frank Tejeda's office in the investigation.

In my own book, Enhancing Police Response to Persons in Mental Health Crisis, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 2003, I give some additional detail about the background of Sector One and the alleged kidnappers and ability in those days of civilians to execute mental health emergency detention warrants.

If he were to write a sequel or second edition Sharkey might note that quite rightly (at least in my view) all charges against the so-called "bad guys" were ultimately reduced to misdemeanor status.

Mr. Sharkey's account is well-told; his word-smithing skills unparalleled.
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Joe Sharkey is an American journalist and columnist for the New York Times. He wrote in the first chapter of this 1994 book, "Reporters tend to focus best when they are moved to indignation by injustice, hypocrisy, or chicanery. The more I thought about my experience... the more determined I became to find out what was going on and... exactly who was making a buck on it... I now realize that the field of mental health... is riddled with hidden agendas... But I was also left with an abiding impression of the people who came forward---not only former patients, but career hospital professionals, politicians, community workers, and even psychiatrists---to take a stand and say that what they had witnessed was an abuse of power..." (Pg. 17-18)

He observes that "The psychiatry industry is working hard to expand and mandate insurance coverage to pay for biopsychiatry's new frontier. In 1990, for example, California became the first state to define mental illnesses as medical diseases and require that any health-insurance policy covering physical diseases of the brain also offer the same level of coverage for 'schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorders, bipolar and delusional depressions and development disorder.'" (Pg. 17)

He wrote, "In 1984... there were 220 for-profit psychiatric hospitals in the United States. Four years later, as insurance money flooded into the recovery treatment and psychiatrists devised new therapies based on ... greatly expanding diagnostic definitions of what constitutes mental disorder... the number of private psychiatric hospitals had more than doubled." (Pg. 11) He suggests, "Pure economics explains the psychiatric hospitals' inordinate interest in children. The profit margin for a psychiatric bed occupied by an adult is 20 percent.
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By AKMo on December 10, 2011
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Arrived promptly and was in the same condition as it was decribed to be. Hard to find book. Glad I found it here.
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