Solitary Confinement And Mental Disorders

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Solitary confinement drastically affects mentally ill prisoners differently as compared to the general population. Such effects are psychological and they are as follows: (1) anxiety; (2) depression; (3) anger; (4) cognitive disturbances; (5) perceptual distortions; (6) obsessive thoughts; (7) paranoia; and (8) psychosis (Metzner & Fellner, 2010). Being confined inside a unit with no windows can disorient inmates with or without mental disorders, and failure to provide mentally ill inmates with psychiatric help could result in more disruptive behaviors. Prison officials must be aware and mindful of inmates that are medically diagnosed with mental disorders. Placing mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement can jeopardize the safety and efficient operation of a correctional facility, and pose challenges for correctional professionals (Newman & Scott, 2012).
Metzner & Fellner (2010) stated, “Physicians are ethically obligated to refrain from countenancing, condoning, participating in, and facilitating torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” (p.106). Physicians are discouraged from participating in interrogations and executions of convicted offenders. There has been several botched executions in the United States and “courts in some states have ruled that a doctor must be present during the execution to monitor the condemned for signs of pain. The American Medical Association states that physicians who take part in executions violate medical…
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