What are the adverse effects of death penalty on mental health?
Certainly there are numerous potential adverse effects. For the individuals I have evaluated who are facing the death penalty, there is a great deal of anxiety, discouragement, frustration, fear, anger, and hopelessness. Their psychological state will manifest itself in many ways including difficulty sleeping, irritability, reduced appetite, or difficulty with concentration. Many individuals who are on death row are placed in isolation and most I have worked with are/were single celled (in other words, they do not have a cellmate). The lack of social contact may further lead to mental health problems. Many individuals who are facing the death penalty had some preexisting mental health problems. These can then be further exacerbated.