4 thoughts on “Involuntary Medication and Involuntary Hospitalization

  • July 15, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Are in agreement afterwards? Really? I’ve never known anyone who was in agreement afterwards. I have known a rather large number of people like myself though that still continue to suffer the effects of our incarceration or rather I did. It’s interesting, after the fact, the level of fear it instills. So much so, that people choose to take their own lives rather than place themselves in that situation again.

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  • July 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

    It really is tragic all the way around. The system is broken. For those adults who have psychosis yet don’t realize they are ill, if they aren’t considered gravely ill or meet the criteria for 5150 involuntary hospitalization, they are left out on the street or in homes filled with stress because the person is suffering from a chemical imbalance in their brain. Families cannot get help for their loved one because the person refuses to believe they need it, and the police and mental health clinicians and case worker’s hands are tied because of the current definition in the law. I speak from personal experience: my dear son was ill and we tried so hard to get help for him and due to the law, we couldn’t even though he was really suffering. He didn’t think he needed help, he thought he had physical pain and problems (which were part of his delusions) and he took his own life. I truly believe he would still be alive if we could have interned him in the hospital so he could be stabilized, but the law prevented us from doing so and now our son is dead. The law needs to be changed so families can get help for their loved ones before it is too late!

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  • July 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This article is so one sided I have to wonder if the writer is getting compensation. The articles used completely ignore all the studies about those who never take any medications and instead receive suport and therapy only and have a much better chance at reintegration into a normal life, less chance of cycling in and out of episodes. It ignores those who left AMA, and probably those who’s doctors used the hospitals as a form of punishment.

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  • July 19, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I for one are terrified of returning to hospital:

    The cold, the prison setting, the lack of companionship, then the bill which I am still paying off 3 years later. I have written myself a list of all the reasons why I must
    never allow another person to decide my fate. I must get out the list when I am feeling on the brink of making that call. Every time I have left with a new cocktail of meds. I have to change them when I come out because they just don’t work and the side effects are awful.

    I am learning very slowly that stress is the culprit, so I am being careful now to look after myself before expending a lot of energy on people who really do need professional help.

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