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Lost Patients


Imagine a sprawling house in which every room, doorway, and hall passage was designed by a different architect. Doorways don't connect. Staircases lead to nowhere. Rooms are cut off from each other. That's how reporter Will James describes our complicated system for treating people with severe mental illness – a system that, almost by design, loses patients with psychosis to an endless loop betwee... more

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"Something is preventing us from building a system that works for people with serious mental illness. In lieu of that, patients are often left to improvise recovery for themselves. They learn to live with their inner voices and build their own suppor... more

24 days ago

A look ahead at the final episode of Lost Patients, coming next week on April 23. We'll explore what recovery looks like for people with serious mental illness — and what it might look like for our fractured system of psychiatric care itself. more

a month ago

After 10 months at Washington State's largest psychiatric hospital, Adam Aurand is discharged onto the streets of downtown Seattle — ejected into a world shaped by decades of deinstitutionalization and failure to build community-based mental health c... more

a month ago

In the middle of the last century, a movement to free patients from state-run psychiatric hospitals swept the U.S. This movement — deinstitutionalization — is widely blamed for seriously mentally ill people ending up on the streets. The real story go... more

2 months ago


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4.9 out of 5 stars from 488 ratings
  • Incredibly raw and moving. This is something everyone needs to listen to. The sysem must be fixed. Mental Health awareness and treatment must be addressed.

    Podcast Addict
    a month ago
  • Impeccable

    Important, informative and educational! Thank you!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • A Phenomenal Series!

    I work in crisis intervention in domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy & frequently see how psychiatric issues affect these vulnerable populations. It’s heartbreaking to find how little we can really help untreated mental health clients. I have seen some patients subjected to the trauma of multiple assaults over the years because of their vulnerability, which only compounds the complexity of their needs. more

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    Fab 45
    United Statesa month ago
  • Excellent reporting!

    I have direct experience with the broken US mental health system and this series explains how we got here with insight and empathy. Thank you so much for telling this story!

    Apple Podcasts
    Canadaa month ago
  • Riveting and heartbreaking

    This excellent series is a deep dive into how the mental health system in America has become the tragedy that it is today. Thank you for your excellent reporting on this crisis that affects all of us, whether we know it (or want to acknowledge it) or not.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago


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