Nursing Homes are Turning Away Patients With Mental Health Issues

by Daniel D. Sewell, MD, Director, Senior Behavioral Health, UC San Diego Medical Center

Chemical restraint is a serious problem in nursing homes. History has shown that psychotropic medications tend to be overused in order to keep residents with problem behaviors such as wandering or combativeness subdued or “under control.” In other words, there are documented instances when serious psychiatric drugs are given to people who might not have needed them… Although this system was created with good intentions, as a geriatric psychiatrist I see the negative consequences firsthand.

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Care For Your Mind acknowledges and appreciates the collaboration of the National Network of Depression Centers and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in developing this post.