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.
Lehrmann, MD, Jon A.
"Climbing through the Milwaukee County Civil Commitment Process,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 10.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol11/iss2/10