This country is long overdue for a serious national conversation on the treatment of mental illness. Robin Williams' suicide is just the tip of the iceberg.
My impression of such treatment centers was quite negative. Then I was a patient in one.
A soldier in my old unit who deployed with us to Afghanistan committed suicide. He was only 25 years old. What caused this young man with so much promise to feel that there is no way out?
In the wake of the two mass shootings this summer, some American physicians consider this country's gun violence a social disease.