Assisted Outpatient Treatment For Criminals with Mental Disorders

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“We have little control over our thoughts. We are the prisoners of ideas” (Emerson Essays 367). When faced with a lack of isolation between thought and reality, the question of medical power diverges rather finitely: medical choice should remain in the power of the patient, regardless of mental state or wherewithal, versus certain levels of diagnosed disconnect from reality necessitate a transfer in power of medical choice to medical professionals. Based on an understanding that involuntary treatment, or Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is aimed to treat persons suffering from severe mental and personality disorders which inhibit these persons from grasping the reality of their condition, post-treatment analysis of success rates have proven the efficacy of the system, and copious court cases have upheld the constitutionality of involuntary treatment, involuntary treatment in cases of criminals with severe psychological disorders is necessary.

To continue further, a general understanding of certain key concepts in the mental health world is imperative to a full understanding across this topic. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition: Text Revision (DSM IV-TR) is the accepted manual put together by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about all issues related to brain activity and malfunction. The DSM IV-TR categorizes mental disorders into six distinct classifications: ““Mental Disorders Due to a General Medical Condition, Substance-induced Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Somatoform Disorders” (“DSM-IV Organizational Plan”). The DSM IV-TR discusses the psychotic disorders in the “Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders” as including “Schizop...

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... to lose the analogical allusion to the phrase “necessary evil” and focus more, instead on the treatment aspect. These practices are geared towards mentally incompetent in regards to self-diagnosis and treatment and the follow-up stats are glowing representations of the efficiency, and thusly, necessity of assisted outpatient therapy

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• Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR. 4th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000. Print.

• Essays. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1883. Print.

• Espejo, Ed Roman. “Involuntary Treatment Is Warranted for the Severely Mentally Ill.” Mental Illness (2012): 1-6. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.

• Gove, Philip Babcock. Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. Unabridged ed. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam, 1967. Print.

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