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The Role of Drugs in Psychiatric Malpractice

By Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey  Aug. 24, 2012 3:51p

Everyone has heard of medical malpractice, in which medical professionals, clinics, and hospitals commit negligence which negatively affects their patients. Less well-known is a subset of medical malpractice, which is psychiatric malpractice. Malpractice in this field occurs when psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental healthcare professionals engage in actions or inactions which are not in the best interests of their patients and which can result in worsened conditions or even death, as in cases where the patient commits suicide. The repercussions of negligent psychiatric care can be devastating, to both patients and their families.

The mental health care profession today relies on a vast assortment of psychiatric drugs in the treatment of mental disorders. This dependence on psychiatric medications can lead to problems in patients, as reactions can vary widely from one person to the next when taking a medication which chemically alters the body. Improper drug prescriptions, wrong dosages, and improper or inadequate monitoring of patients taking these often powerful medications can lead to tragic results which may call for psychiatric malpractice claims and lawsuits. Patients with fragile mental health require competent monitoring to ensure that both their physical and mental health does not worsen due to prescribed medications. An example of this problem has been shown by the birth defects in newborns of mothers prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy.

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