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  •  So happens (1+ / 0-)
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    Remembering Jello

    many members of the deaf community will NOT have the cochlear implants, not because of medical contra-indications that apply to them, but because getting the implant "reinforces the notion that there is something about them that needs 'fixing.'"


    It's so, so personal. Who is somebody else, ever, to decide that a "mentally ill" person needs "help"?

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:13:27 AM PST

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    •  Barring illegal or obviously self-destructive (5+ / 0-)

      behavior, nobody.

      But honestly, major mental illness is extremely uncomfortable. Loads of folk will refuse treatment during a manic phase- they feel great, why would they want this to stop?

      Psychosis and major depression are less fun. I know loads of folk who are constantly balancing tolerablity of side effects against tolerability of symptoms.

      But again, don't think I've met one who would hold onto negative symptoms, given a side effect free way out.

      It'd be kinda like refusing treatment for cancer because, ya know, it's inside ya.

      But no, treatment should never be forced, and ultimately the patient should make all decisions.

      I will make exceptions for emergency situations- sometimes someone will need a little treatment before they can make competant medical decisions. Same way I would want a heart attack treated, even if the patient were unconscious and thus could not give consent.

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