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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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