Harmit Bhangu’s first psychotic episode happened Jan. 11 when he nearly stabbed a man to death at a Moorhead interstate rest stop after seeing what he thought was a 7-foot-6-inch man who was trying to kill him.
On April 7, a concurrent resolution to recognize the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its North Dakota Chapter was filed with the secretary of state. The North Dakota House and Senate adopted and supported this resolution.
Before becoming “Resident 14” at a nursing home in northeastern North Dakota, he was a laborer and loving family man. A gentleman by all accounts. But the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in his 70s transformed him from a doting grandfather to a downright violent old man, racking up some 50 assaults on patients and staff at the nursing home in New Rockford, N.D., where he lived for only a year before his death.
No government agency keeps count of killings, assaults to the elderly in facilities. Numbers obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show nearly 125,000 young and middle-aged adults with serious mental illness lived in U.S. nursing homes last year.
North Dakota lawmakers are to be commended for the passage four years ago of a law that exempts prescriptions used to treat mental illness, cancer and HIV/AIDS from the prior authorization program for medical assistance recipients.
James Joyce once took his beloved, mentally ill daughter Lucia to see Carl Jung. The famed psychoanalyst compared father and child to two people going to the bottom of a river - one falling, the other diving.
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