Mental health: detention can be a parenthesis for healing

In some prisons, inmates benefit from conditions they have never experienced outside and which allow them to finally begin therapy thanks to an individualization of detention.

The over-representation of psychiatric pathologies and mental disorders in the prison population has long been established. Are the living conditions in detention the cause of these diseases? “Prison rather reveals underlying disorders, estimates the Dr Christine-Dominique Bataillard, head of the unit for difficult patients (UMD) and penitentiary care unit (USMP) of the specialized hospital center of Montfavet (Avignon). The people we follow for a psychotic disorder were often undiagnosed or out of care before their incarceration. ”

Can detention then be seen as an opportunity for care which, until then, had not been possible for some detainees? “Prison can be a ‘reassuring’ time. While drugs and alcohol can circulate there, it is still more complicated to get hold of them than outside. It may therefore be a good time to resolve an addiction problem or behavioral disorders,

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