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by Stephen B. Seager

  • ISBN: 0966582772
  • Category: Mental Health
  • Subcategory: Fitness and Nutrition
  • Author: Stephen B. Seager
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Westcom Associates (November 30, 2000)
  • Pages: 216
  • ePub book: 1796 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1894 kb
  • Other: lrf lrf mobi lit
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 542

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The book is at its best when Dr. Seager explores the mental health care history and current system, explaining why things work .

The book is at its best when Dr. Seager explores the mental health care history and current system, explaining why things work (or don't) and what can be done to change the system. The melodramatic, bombastic writing gets in the way. The patient stories seem picked for shock value, and while it is effective for layman readers, it is tedious. The lobbyist push drugs but this is not the complete answer. Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, by Robert Whitaker is another book. The real problem is the stigma attached to mental illness.

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Seager, Stephen B. (1998), Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy, Westcom Press, ISBN 9780966582772. Whitbeck, Les B. (2012), Mental Health and Emerging Adulthood Among Homeless Young People, Psychology Press, ISBN 9781136910845. Mental Health and Homelessness – Guidance for Practitioners.

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Stephen Seager, . Seager worked as an Emergency Room physician for ten years which inspired his first two books.

is one of America's leading authorities in mental health care and the criminally insane and a passionate advocate for the reform of the mental health care system in the United States. He graduated from University of California at Davis and received his MD degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Seager worked as an Emergency Room physician for ten years which inspired his first two books, "Breathe Little Boy, Breathe," and "Emergency!'" He then returned to residency training for four years and became a psychiatrist

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Author stephen seager's books. Behind the Gates of Gomorrah. Street Crazy : America's Mental Health Tragedy. By Stephen B. Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California's Gorman State hospital, known locally as "Gomorrah," but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. Recounts one psychiatrist's experience with the mentally ill, who have often become homeless because of their disease.

Stephen Seager's Street Crazy. Seager recounts his own experiences working as a hospital psychiatrist in Los Angeles

Stephen Seager's Street Crazy. There were instances of bias, but on the whole the book was surprisingly even-handed. Seager recounts his own experiences working as a hospital psychiatrist in Los Angeles.

STREET CRAZY recounts one psychiatrist's experience with the mentally ill, who have often become homeless because of their disease. Using clear, straight-forward language, Dr. Stephen B. Seager explains brain disease, tells the often disturbing history of the mentally ill, and shows how, through a series of well-meaning legal mishaps, our most vulnerable citizens have been abandoned to the streets. By following Dr. Seager as he unravels the mystery behind John Doe, a sick young man brought to the hospital by the police, the reader will come to understand the degradation and suffering of the chronically mentally ill and their families, as well as the frustration and confusion experienced by those most intimately involved with caring for the homeless mentally ill. Finally, the author suggests some real action that we, as U.S. citizens, can take to solve this morally untenable but seemingly insurmountable dilemma.

Comments

Gholbirius Gholbirius
I come from the outpatient side of the mental health field, as alicensed social worker rather than a physician who worked largely with the homeless for six years. There is a treatment resistant core group of extremely mentally ill homeless people for which again and again, my co-workers and I struggled to find solutions. There are some new modalities starting that show promise, such as the housing first model and the idea of using motivational interviewing and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams to get out on the streets and engage over and over again until the clients "come in", but the stories the author portrays are heartbreakingly common in the world of caretakers for the homeless mentally ill.

The book is not a prescriptive, and I think its target audience is not so much current professionals but policy makers and laymen who have a stake in "cleaning up the streets". Understanding the problem helps substantially in fixing it, and Dr. Seager's delineation of the limitations of the mental health field's ability to fix the problem alone is spot on.

I highly recommend this book for anyone getting ready to work in the field of inpatient mental health, community mental health, or homeless services.
nadness nadness
Like all of Dr. Seager's books this is very informative and an easy read. I remember the havoc that occurred in Washington state when many mentally impaired individuals were sent out to live on the streets. This increased the numbers of homeless people and in the mix were some who were criminals or potential criminals.

Turning patients out into a society that cannot care for, or legally deal with, is not morally, or ethically right. To do so because of budgetary issues is not acceptable.
IWantYou IWantYou
Does anybody know if this book is supposed to be fiction or non-fiction? Is there such a place as "The Mill" in LA? Did a homeless man actually die in his hot tub? I'm guessing fiction based on real life characters, but wish the author told us.
Milleynti Milleynti
The handbook on understanding how America's homeless crisis came about.
Hystana Hystana
I really enjoyed reading his story. He explained the history regarding the stigma of mental illness. He gave the reader a good understanding of the tragedies that occur every day and how our mental health and legal systems are horribly not working to care for the ill. I recommend this book.
Ghordana Ghordana
Awesome book. Great price
Tygrarad Tygrarad
Although this book is often melodramatic to some,it is truth, nevertheless. If one is looking for helpful ideas, begin with Chapter ten and see the history of obstacles.

Don't expect psychiatrist, counsellors and case managers to offer much help. Their hands are tied to laws discussed in the DSM IV. Some complain that others are not doing a good enough job. Many has not lived it.

After this book begin with the introduction of "Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About: by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr. It states that the advocacy for the mentally ill will come from family and friends.

I talk from experience. Many of us, recovering homeless mentally ill find it a challenge to even fill out the paperwork to get help. Try filling out an application for SSDI: and then get turned down.

Chapter ten of this book gets to the heart of the matter. The Churches has also failed us completely. When I recover from a physical problem, I will spend the rest of my life writing about this problem and helpful ideas. I have a chapter called Gaps in the System. A major problem is research money.

Heart research gets 25% and mental health gets a mere 4% and this includes alzheimer's disease. The lobbyist push drugs but this is not the complete answer. Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, by Robert Whitaker is another book.

The real problem is the stigma attached to mental illness. Case managers and social workers help only a little. It is a miracle that any of us survive.
A powerful, passionate, painful, enlightening, maddening, inspirational book about homeless, mentally ill people and the "system" that is supposed to meet their needs for treatment, written by a medical and mental health professional who devoted years of his life to trying to make a difference in theirs. It should be required reading for policy makers on the local, state, and federal level, and for any person who wonders why so many mentally ill people live in squalor on the streets of America.