Solitary Confinement Is Cruel & Ineffective. True in prison, why not in #mentalillness? #endseculsion! @theRRnetwork http://t.co/A5Q8xOpr3n— Dr. Ian Dawe (@DrIanDawe) June 14, 2015
psych wards using locked seclusion rooms with no toilet or water to drink, light switch outside = human rights abuse https://t.co/Ooj85PWzJl— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) June 15, 2015
'Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Ineffective' in Scientific American, July 2013:
"Whatever the reasons, such extreme isolation and sensory deprivation can take a severe, sometimes permanent, toll on emotional and mental health. Researchers have found that prisoners in solitary quickly become withdrawn, hypersensitive to sights and sounds, paranoid, and more prone to violence and hallucinations.
Craig Haney, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has documented several cases of individuals with no prior history of mental illness who nonetheless developed paranoid psychosis requiring medical treatment after prolonged solitary confinement. As damaging as the consequences are for otherwise healthy adults, they are even worse for adolescents, whose brains are still in their final stages of development, and the mentally ill, who already struggle to maintain a solid grasp on reality. About half of all prison suicides occur in isolation cells. ....."