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How Psychiatrists Are Failing the Patients Who Need Them Most

A growing number of mental health-care providers are filling their practices with easy-to-treat, cash-paying patients — and leaving the desperately ill with few options
Patricia and Derek Ward in this undated family handout photo.

Patricia and Derek Ward in this undated family handout photo.

Source: Ward Family via Bloomberg

The profession of psychiatry didn’t have a place for a patient like Derek Ward in the months before he brutally murdered his mother and then killed himself. 

Voices had crowded the 35-year-old’s head. The once-successful personal trainer now spoke of drones spying on him and the CIA infiltrating his Long Island, New York, apartment.