Questioning the legitimacy of forced treatment

We have a long way to go but at least it’s reached a mainstream media outlet in the UK.

From the BBC News some thoughts on forced medication—it’s important to mention what they do not here, restraints are harmful in the same ways. Also, the US uses forced treatment rampantly. Probably just as much or more than the UK. The article is comparing European countries.

“Their freedom is taken away and people are often left feeling powerless, frightened and helpless.”

“The threat of coerced medication can discourage people from seeking treatment when they need it and may damage the relationship between patients and mental heath professionals.

“We urgently need to see more studies on this issue, particularly exploring the use of alternative treatments and how to include service users fully in making decisions about treatments.” (emphasis mine) rest of article here

Another article discussing the same study here.

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters


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