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2009-05-26 12:40 pm

Christine Collins

(My apologies for not posting over the past couple of days... Memorial Day weekend has been very hectic, and unfortunately, there has been a death in the family, so that further delayed my posting in this blog).

If you guys haven't seen "Changeling" yet, do so!  The movie has received an 8.1/10 on, and best of all, it is based on a true story.  It simply astounds me that, back in 1928, a Los Angeles police officer could send an individual to a psych ward under "code 12", without a warrant, without due process, and that the individual would then be force-fed medication and subjected to electroshock treatment until they "showed improvement" (that is, the individual agreed with the police officer's version of events).

Back in the 20's, the field of psychology as we know it today did not exist.  What are your thoughts regarding the admittance, treatment, and release of individuals to psych wards in the present day?  Do you believe that there is still the risk of patients being wrongfully admitted for psychological treatment?  How about their treatment (are the employees justified in their methods, or are they too severe)?  Do you believe that it is too easy or too hard to be released from a psych ward?  Why or why not?