Solitary confinement shown to wreak havoc on the mind

02/14/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Chicago – Researchers presented some disparaging news about solitary confinement, which is widely used in prisons, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on Friday. As reported by AFP, researchers said that the human mind is not built to be subjected to social and sensory isolation and when individuals are deprived of related stimulation, serious conditions result.

University of Michigan neuroscientist Huda Akil, is quoted by AFP as stating to reporters, “Positive experience like touch actually activate positive things in our brains, including molecules we can measure that are like the fertilizers that make things growth” and going without these can cause “a lot of structures in the brain actually shrink.”

A number of people in prisons who do not have mental health issues end up with conditions such as anxiety and depression after entering solitary confinement, the researchers further noted.

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