Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Civil commitment has become a practically unavoidable process for today's practicing psychiatrist. It creates a complicated triangular relationship involving the legal system, the medical system, and the patient.

This article is a first person narrative of a case which helps describe the Wisconsin civil commitment process as it operates in Milwaukee County. It illustrates the frustrations that a psychiatrist (and in this case a first year psychiatry resident) can experience in such a system. Finally, it addresses these problems associated with civil commitment and discusses possible solutions.

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