Is the Current Method of Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness to Blame for the Epidemic Increase in the Shocking Violence Plaguing Our Communities Like Mass Killings, School Bullying or Suicide?
Clinical diagnoses and pharmaceutical treatment may not be the complete holistic solution to this crisis.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
-- An estimated 26.2% of all Americans ages 18 and older - 1 in 4 adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. (nimh.nih.gov) -- Four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. (name.org) -- Of children ages 9 to 17, 21% have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment. (nami.org) -- More than 90% of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder. (nimh.nih.gov) -- The highest suicide rates in the U.S. are found in white men over the age of 85. (nimh.nih.gov)
In his upcoming book, The Nature and History of Mental Illness, Dr. Kailash Jaitly, Psy.D. uses a lifetime of study, teaching, and experience working in state institutions, family resource centers and private practice to not only document the history of both mental illness and treatment, but also examine how current methods fail to consider the totality of the person. He is uniquely positioned to assess areas in society where this book best targets an audience whose education, profession, and even personal safety depends on this knowledge:
-- Undergraduate and Master's curricula -- Law Enforcement -- Legal Profession
But Dr. Jaitly takes it a step further, offering insight and guidance to family and friends who are concerned about a loved one and may not have access to resources for treatment. He also examines celebrity cases, making this book current, relevant and accessible to a much broader audience than just academia or legal and law enforcement, while still meeting stringent criteria necessary for addition to an academic curriculum or catalogue.
Dr. Jaitly says: “The book will be helpful to people, not only in understanding what mental illness is, but how to live with it.” Watch Dr. Jaitly speak about the book here: Dr. Kailash Jaitly: The History of Mental Illness
About Dr. Jaitly:
Appointed by consecutive Colorado governors, Dr. Jaitly currently serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Corrections which meets bi-monthly where members discuss how to deal with the large number of mentally ill, particularly sexual perpetrators and drug abusers. He is also a Professor Emeritus at a major graduate university and is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association. After receiving Master’s and Honors degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Lucknow, Dr. Jaitly did graduate studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Harvard University and received Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from the University of Denver.
He had a long career in the practice of clinical psychology and academia.
SOURCE Dr. Kailash Jaitly