Entries by Marvin Ross from 04/2014

Why Aren't Our Politicians Doing More to Fight the Mental Illness Stigma?

| Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada

Not having proper services for serious mental illnesses has already resulted in all of the problems listed by the various reports done by governments -- homelessness, incarceration, destroyed lives and fractured families. What we need and we need it now is political action to bring about the needed changes.

Don't Take Away the Joy of Cigarettes From the Mentally Ill

| Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada

Patients in hospital are often receiving drug therapy and having the proper dose of medications that are optimally effective with minimal side effects determined. They are not allowed to smoke and then they are discharged and resume smoking at the same level as before hospitalization. As Dr O'Reilly pointed out, "the resumption of smoking can interfere with the effectiveness of their antipsychotic medication dose."