Mental Health Awareness with Sara Troy, and her guest Dr. Carole Lieberman, on air July 19th
With so much division among Americans what affect will the overturn of Roe v Wade have on mental health?
- The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade means access to abortion services will be up to the discretion of individual states.
- Numerous states are poised to severely restrict access in the coming days, while others are advertising themselves as abortion safe havens.
- The United State’s leading mental health organization condemned the decision, saying it will worsen the country’s existing mental health crisis.
In response to the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v Wade, the country saw outpourings of condemnation and relief from individuals across the political spectrum.
The decision, which removed federal protection for the right to an abortion, has sparked a series of warnings from medical and economic experts alike, forecasting the severe mental health toll this reversal might take.
“This ruling ignores not only precedent but science, and will exacerbate the mental health crisis America is already experiencing,” said American Psychological Association (APA) president Frank C. Worrell in a statement.
Americans’ mental health, already in a state of decline prior to COVID-19, took a turn for the worse during the global pandemic. Compounding these trends are a shortage of mental health care providers and the economic barriers some might face when seeking treatment.
In their statement, the APA expressed “deep concern and profound disappointment” about the Supreme Court’s decision, citing decades of research that shows denial of abortion is linked with increased risks of high anxiety levels, low life satisfaction, and decreased self-esteem compared with those who are able to access the service.
The decision will also have greater effects on individuals already living in poverty, people of color, those in medically underserved areas and other marginalized groups experiencing greater socioeconomic disparities.
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Dr. Carole Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H. known world-wide as America’s Psychiatrist is the host of Dr. Carole’s Couch on VoiceAmerica.com, and The Terrorist Therapist® Podcast. She is a forensic psychiatrist/expert witness, bestselling-award-winning author of 4 books – 2 on terrorism and 2 on relationships.
Dr. Lieberman is a Board Certified psychiatrist, whose education, training and extensive experience as a Forensic Psychiatrist/Expert Witness make her your most savvy choice in the courtroom. Her unique experience in high profile cases makes her an especially good choice when your case is on the front page and your expert needs to know how to win over a jury and the media.
Dr. Lieberman, has served as a Forensic Psychiatrist/Expert Witness in hundreds of civil and criminal cases nationwide, including domestic violence cases, and is a media commentator on crimes and trials. She also writes a column entitled “Inside the Criminal Mind” for FrontPageDetectives.com.
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