To participate in developing an
individual plan of treatment
The source is Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page. The information was extracted by Grohol from a pamphlet given to patients upon their first visit to a therapist. Provision of such a handout to all patients should be made mandatory.
Just as "mental illness is an illness like any other illness", a statement with which I do not personally agree, it follows from there that a psychiatric patient should be viewed as a true patient with the same rights accorded to any other.
I consider the keeping of any person behind a locked door wherefrom he or she is not able to freely leave a form of punitive incarceration, not health care. Such a person ceases to be a real patient, though psychiatry may yet call him so. Involuntary treatment is NOT treatment. Medicine does not rightly belong in the province of enforcing conduct codes, written or unwritten.
"Disorders" for which there is no biological etiology established are not likely to benefit from biological treatments, whether wanted or forced. This is about all psychiatry has to offer, and most of what is called mental illness has NOT been proven to result from a "chemical imbalance" or genetic defect.
In-Depth Study of the issues around human rights in Psychiatry by journalist
and survivor of forced treatment,
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