National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Many of you reported that Judge Mills Lane during his syndicated TV program during the week of January 21st, l999, told a man diagnosed with severe depression who was taking Prozac, to throw away his pills before he became addicted to the medication. Additionally, the Judge allowed laughter and ridicule in the courtroom after hearing that a woman with a similar diagnosis was on disability income. His attitude fuels the stigma against persons with mental illness.
NAMI sent Judge Lane a letter describing our concerns and educating him about major depression, the devastating symptoms of this brain disorder and the need for medication, like for any other disorder of the body. We also reminded him that a person needs a doctor to prescribe when to start or stop taking medication.
Judge Mills Lane
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