Questions for B…

Questions for Boston Children’s Hospital: Why was Justina Pelletier admitted to a locked psychiatric unit for 7-9 months?

Somatic Symptom Disorder  (SSD) is not considered a severe mental illness requiring acute in-patient psychiatric care.  What were the indications for Justina Pelletier’s  in-patient admission?  Patients with severe mental illness who require in-patient care are acutely psychotic  or at risk for self -harm.    Was this the case for Justina Pelletier?


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Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

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