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The Baker Act

Mental Health America-Ridiculous Diagnoses in the 21st Century

No Need for a Mental Health App

Recently USA Today ran an article about a new app called “WhatsMyM3”. This is an app designed to determine if you are at risk for depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). It is not based on any medical or scientific testing and is entirely subjective, leading the person straight into the hands of mental health practitioners.

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Mental Health America-Ridiculous Diagnoses in the 21st Century

Synthetic Marijuana Tragedy

Synthetic Marijuana, also referred to as K-2 or Spice, is potentially deadly. This tragic story shows the consequences of young people smoking this drug.

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Mental Health America-Ridiculous Diagnoses in the 21st Century

Bath Salts Use Epidemic

Bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other chemical substances are dangerous to the individual and anyone around them. More than half of the people who abuse these substances have been on psychotropic drugs previously. Learn what the warnings are on these drugs.

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Mental Health America-Ridiculous Diagnoses in the 21st Century

Embalming Fluid and Laced Weed

Marijuana laced with PCP is gaining popularity with young people. The bizarre behavior associated with embalming fluid laced weed has resulted in people being placed in psychiatric hospitals, where further damage may be done.

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How the Baker Act Affects Marijuana Users

The Baker Act is a Florida state law where people who appear to be “mentally ill” are are forced to go to a psychiatric hospital because they, apparently, pose a danger to themselves and/or others.
It is in the name of “public safety” that they are involuntarily committed due to their recent display of irrational behavior.
Many young people are being institutionalized after smoking marijuana, due to adverse effects. It has been found that marijuana can be laced with phencyclidine, otherwise known as PCP. With low doses one can expect a change in body awareness, numbness of the extremities and poor muscular coordination. However, higher doses can produce
hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, disordered thinking and garbled speech. At
the extreme, catatonia and death are possible.

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Florida’s Baker Act is a Danger to All

If you found out that someone was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, you might assume the person must have some serious mental health problems and needs to be removed from
society to get some help.

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Florida’s Baker Act is a Danger to All

If you found out that someone was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, you might assume the person must have some serious mental health problems and needs to be removed from society to get some help. This is not the typical case. In fact, every 1 ¼ minutes, someone is involuntarily committed so it is not logical that there are that many people out there that need to be committed, or “Baker Acted,” as it is known in the state of Florida. Instead of this law protecting individuals, it poses a dangerous threat to anyone.

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Using Synthetic Marijuana a Dangerous Pastime

Ingesting dangerous, synthetic marijuana may well result in a trip to the hospital. Some young people have even been brought to the psychiatric ward under the state’s involuntary commitment law. Drugs with names like...

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