Year: 1985 Source: San Francisco: New Directions for Mental Health Services, no.25, Jossey-Bass, (March 1985). p.47-59 SIEC No: 19940299

Psychiatrists are increasingly vulnerable to lawsuits for reasons unique to psychiatry, & for the peculiar irrationality of many legal principles & procedures. This article discusses the nature of the adversarial system & the peculiarities of psychiatric vulnerability; examines tardive dyskinesia (disorder consequent to long-term use of certain medication); & notes that suicides or injury during a suicide attempt account for 14-25% of all litigation against psychiatrists. (15 refs.)