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How does being in prison affect someone's mental health?

How does being in prison affect someone's mental health?

Prison: Prison tends to aggravate mental health conditions, and make them worse. The only thing prison really does is re-traumatize prisoners and make them in to angrier, more resourceful criminals. ...Read more

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Is it true prisons are filled with men with extra male chromosome?

Is it true prisons are filled with men with extra male chromosome?

No.: Older studies suggested an association between 47xyy and aggression/incarceration. In fact, these studies were methodologically flawed and this is not true. Newer studies have proven that affected individuals are slightly intellectually challenged (drop of IQ by 10 points) and thus are more likely to get into trouble with the law for minor offenses due to poor judgment (not aggression). ...Read more

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Could someone that has a control disorder like kleptomania go to prison?

Could someone that has a control disorder like kleptomania go to prison?

Yes.: Arrest and imprisonment can be "complications" of kleptomania. Although the individual with kleptomania may feel compelled to act on their impulse, they know it is wrong/illegal and while the legal system may take the condition into account, they often do not. ...Read more

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Lately I have wanted to end mine and other people's lives. But the only reason I haven't is I don't want to go to prison. I feel no remorse or guilt.

Lately I have wanted to end mine and other people's lives. But the only reason I haven't is I don't want to go to prison. I feel no remorse or guilt.

Please consider: Speaking with a psychologist or psychiatrist. If you are feeling like hurting yourself or others you may be suffering from depression. Just talking with someone about what is making you feel so unhappy with your life and relationships will help, but medication may be necessary for a while as well. If the depression lifts life may not feel so dire. You are young, things can get better. ...Read more

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Is HIV common in NZ prison populations?

Is HIV common in NZ prison populations?

Low HIV rates in NZ: No, not common. NZ has low HIV prevalence cf other countries, mostly due to effective community-led health promotion around condoms & needle exchange. NZ legislation frameworks help too. Est. Rate of HIV in Auckland MSM is 6.5% (14% in Oz), with rates much lower in needle users or in prisons. However, NZ can't be complacent about HIV, esp with recent increases in other STIs particularly syphilis. ...Read more

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Odd lumps on my lady parts. Mad. Should I tell him (in prison)?

Odd lumps on my lady parts. Mad. Should I tell him (in prison)?

Get it checked.: Before telling your partner - get it checked out so that you know what it is. Don't sound the alarm until you know that the situation warrants it. ...Read more

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How is it that drug addicts should be placed in hospitals instead of prisons?

How is it that drug addicts should be placed in hospitals instead of prisons?

Other options: In-patient (hospitalization / detox) is one safe option. Certain types of addictions, such as to alcohol and benzodiazepines, can be lethal and prison can not handle these. The far majority of doctors and scientists today believe that addiction is a medical problem as well as a social one. Both parts have to be addressed simultaneously and neither hospital (short-term ok) nor prison are conducive. ...Read more

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I'm sure I got my hepatitis shots when I was young I work in a prison so I got them again then missed the 2 shot by 90days so I had to start over isok?

I'm sure I got my hepatitis shots when I was young I work in a prison so I got them again then missed the 2 shot by 90days so I had to start over isok?

Don't start over.: Your vaccine series does not need to be restarted. You should get the second dose ASAP and be sure that the third dose is separated from the second dose by at least eight weeks. If your job may entail a reasonable chance of coming into contact with hepatitis B infected fluids, you should get hepatitis B markers after the vaccination series is complete. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

No: Most are of limited intelligence, easily swayed by their confreres to engage in illegal activity. Many are victims of outrageous anti-drug laws which in fact promote the use of drugs rather than helping the victims. A few are there by accident. A small group indeed are sociopaths, with no consciences however these folks are frequently very intelligent and avoid capture. ...Read more

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Why is seroquel (quetiapine) given to people in prison, veterans and also normal everyday people?

Why is seroquel (quetiapine) given to people in prison, veterans and also normal everyday people?

Everyday people but:: "normal everyday people" don't need seroquel (quetiapine). Seroquel (quetiapine) is prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression and sometimes for insomnia. Prisoners, veterans and everyday people can all suffer from those disorders. ...Read more

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My ex boyfriend and I shared needles, he went to prison and found out he had hep c., what are the chances that I have it too?

My ex boyfriend and I shared needles, he went to prison and found out he had hep c., what are the chances that I have it too?

High chance: You need to get tested. Sometimes health centers have free testing. If the antibody test is positive make sure you get a viral load test for active infection. If you did clear you can still get reinfected and not clear next time. If you are negative get retested 3-6 months after last sharing. And stay negative! No sharing of needles, cookers, cottons, or even water - don't share any works. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hep c. I know the answer I think but I had a friend who went into prison w hep c n came out after doing a yr long program hepfree?

Is there a cure for hep c. I know the answer I think but I had a friend who went into prison w hep c n came out after doing a yr long program hepfree?

Hep c: Tgere are sveral medication programs available to tresat hep c and many in development with cure rates as high as 90 precent, check with your physician for referal. ...Read more

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How could I contract latent TB if I have never been near a sick person w/TB, never worked N health care, never in jail/prison & always lived N the US?

How could I contract latent TB if I have never been near a sick person w/TB, never worked N health care, never in jail/prison & always lived N the US?

It happens: One of the problems with TB is it's insidious nature. It is slow growing and may take years for anyone to become symptomatic, yet they can pass it to others while they incubate it. You had to be exposed to active TB to get it, but it is quite possible you will never know the source. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what the chances are of being infected with aids/hiv while spending time in prison?

Can someone tell me what the chances are of being infected with aids/hiv while spending time in prison?

No: I don't think there have been any studies looking at the risk of HIV infection in prison settings. As long as you avoid contact with blood or semen the chances are zero. For instance, if you are in solitary confinement you have nothing to worry about! Other than that, avoid sex, tattoos, and IV drug in jail and the risk is zero. ...Read more

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Should I see therapist for depression even though it won't help? Therapists are in denial about the true nature of life (its a pointless prison).

Should I see therapist for depression even though it won't help? Therapists are in denial about the true nature of life (its a pointless prison).

Look at the research: On the effectiveness of psychotherapy rather than having a predetermined conclusion. The type of conclusion you have will stop the benefit of everything. Are you open to change? If not a therapist, perhaps a clergyperson or trusted friend. Peace and good health. ...Read more