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GAP committees address timely questions facing American psychiatry. Because psychiatry is a multifaceted medical specialty encompassing the biopsychosocial paradigm, committees consider issues ranging from psychopharmacology to the ethical and moral issues inherent in the practice of a field fraught with technical and human pitfalls.
“James had been up all night pacing and cursing, and was becoming increasingly angry at me when I suggested he take his medication. I was getting scared. When his father was alive we could manage him together, but now that he’s gone and I’m in my 70’s, sometimes it is just too much. So I called the police. I just wanted them to take him to the hospital, so he could get back on his meds and get stabilized. But when the police came, they had their guns drawn and tackled him to the ground and handcuffed him. I’ll never forget the look he gave me as they yanked him out the door, there was such pain and betrayal in his eyes.”
The police are often called by family members like James’ mother to intervene with individuals during mental health crises. In fact, “nearly 1 in 10 polic...