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Our Nation's Mental Health Crisis

Summary: Our nation's mental health system is on the brink of disaster! Is there hope for the future?
Air Date: 6/7/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Mary Fitz-Gerald, MD
Dr. Mary Fitz-Gerald is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Louisiana State Health’s Department of Psychiatry in Shreveport.  She is a distinguished life fellow of the Association for Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Fitz-Gerald is board certified in psychosomatic medicine as well as board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is also a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Our Nation's Mental Health Crisis
President Obama recently hosted a Conference on Mental Health at the White House, at which he addressed the looming mental health crisis in our nation.

According to the The Annals of Emergency Medicine, emergency departments are being seen as "de facto" psych wards due to the lack of facilities available to help individuals struggling with mental health issues.

This is a real problem.

Our expert guest, Dr. Mary Fitz-Gerald, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the "health" of the mental health system in America.