"As he spent more time in solitary confinement ... the decline in his acuity was noticeable, even to an untrained eye," Watkins said in an interview on Thursday.
This is absolutely ------- abhorrent. This is cruel and inhuman treatment of a person not even convicted of a crime. But this is what passes for justice in this ------ up country of ours. Yeah, just ------- lock em up, throw away the key, who cares about the mental health of our fellow human beings.
Our nation is sick, diseased even. Locking a person with schizophrenia in solitary confinement is a symptom of a profoundly broken system.
And those on this thread who say to just ignore the problem? Well, I ask where is your humanity? Have some compassion for the sick! Would you keep a cancer patient away from their meds? Would you tell a diabetic to not take his meds? Someone suffering from something like schizophrenia are just as sick. Their sickness manifests itself in anti-social actions. It is sad but true. Most schizophrenics live a life of hell. And when their sickness takes hold of them, they are incapable of acting rationally, they simply cannot make rational choices. Society has to understand this and accommodate. Otherwise, it is just cruelty.
And meds are not a end all be all solution. It is incredibly difficult to find an effective medicinal cocktail that works. Often the individual has comorbidities or other issues where the right cocktail may not exist. Or the meds lose effectiveness over time.
what is the solution? To start with society has to completely restructure how it deals with mental health issues, from the bottom up. Stop putting them in jails, make mental health hospitals more therapeutic and less like holding cells. Invest in mental health treatment, invest in medical research for drugs and therapies. Stop enabling the disfunction that runs through our society. Start having empathy and compassion for our fellow man.
It won't happen cause Americans are stupid and fearful and superstitious and just plain mean.