Psychiatric Malpractice

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Psychiatric Malpractice

Definition 

Psychiatric malpractice occurs when a patient becomes the victim of their psychiatrist’s neglect or abuse.  [1]

Here are some synonyms for "psychiatric malpractice":

Legal terms:

  • Breach of duty by a mental health professional
  • Negligent treatment by a psychiatrist
  • Improper care by a therapist
  • Medical malpractice (when referring to a psychiatrist)

More general terms:

  • Misdiagnosis (when a mental health professional diagnoses a patient incorrectly)
  • Wrongful treatment (when a mental health professional provides the wrong treatment for a patient’s condition)
  • Substandard care (when a mental health professional fails to provide the level of care expected)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Psychiatric malpractice occurs when a patient becomes the victim of their psychiatrist’s neglect or abuse.

  1. doctor-patient relationship existed.
  2. The psychiatrist acted in a negligent manner by breaching the duty of reasonable care.
  3. The patient endured a either physical or mental injury.
  4. A proximate link between the negligence also the patient’s injury can demonstrate.
  • Abuse of Power
  • Exploitation of Trust
  • Failure to prevent a patient’s suicide
  • False Repressed Memories
  • Improper diagnosis
  • Improper Prescriptions
  • Warning a third party of threats

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