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Refusing Care Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill

Author: Elyn R Saks
Publisher: Chicago University of Chicago Press Ann Arbor, Michigan ProQuest 2010
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It has been said that how a society treats its least well-off members speaks volumes about its humanity. If so, our treatment of the mentally ill suggests that American society is inhumane: swinging between overintervention and utter neglect, we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them, and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate  Read more...

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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elyn R Saks
ISBN: 9780226733999 0226733998
OCLC Number: 1020503028
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB39793663X (OCoLC)1020503028
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (316 pages)

Abstract:

It has been said that how a society treats its least well-off members speaks volumes about its humanity. If so, our treatment of the mentally ill suggests that American society is inhumane: swinging between overintervention and utter neglect, we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them, and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate resources for their care in the community. Focusing on overinterventionist approaches, Refusing Care explores when, if ever, the mentally ill should be treated against their will. Basing her analysis on case and empirical studies, Elyn R. Saks explores dilemmas raised by forced treatment in three contexts-civil commitment (forced hospitalization for noncriminals), medication, and seclusion and restraints. Saks argues that the best way to solve each of these dilemmas is, paradoxically, to be both more protective of individual autonomy and more paternalistic than current law calls for. For instance, while Saks advocates relaxing the standards for first commitment after a psychotic episode, she also would prohibit extreme mechanical restraints (such as tying someone spread-eagled to a bed). Finally, because of the often extreme prejudice against the mentally ill in American society, Saks proposes standards that, as much as possible, should apply equally to non-mentally ill and mentally ill people alike. Mental health professionals, lawyers, disability rights activists, and anyone who wants to learn more about the way the mentally ill are treated-and ought to be treated-in the United States should read Refusing Care.

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