The Effects Of Mental Health Madness By Pete Earley
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Forcing someone to take medication or be hospitalized against their will seems contrary to an individual’s right to refuse medical treatment, however, the issue becomes complicated when it involves individuals suffering from a mental illness. What should be done when a person has lost their grasp on reality, or if they are at a risk of harming themselves or others? Would that justify denying individuals the right to refuse treatment and issuing involuntary treatment? Numerous books and articles have been written which debates this issue and presents the recommendations of assorted experts.
In the book Crazy: A Father 's Search Through America 's Mental Health Madness, Pete Earley chronicled his experiences of being a parent of an adult son…show more content… If these individuals were required to take their medications, they wouldn’t be in and out of prison (Earley, 2006). Belluck’s New York Times article describes a study that ordered mentally ill patients to receive treatment instead of being hospitalized. The study found that the patients were less likely to be placed in psychiatric hospitals or arrested, and outpatient treatment and medication refills increased. This also proved economical, because the mental health system and Medicaid costs were reduced by at least fifty percent. This program doesn’t only apply to the patient to accept treatment, it also requires the mental health system to provide it, making the program more effective…show more content… If someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness is arrested, they need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine their mental competency. Furthermore, everyone who is arrested and suspected of having a mental illness should be evaluated by a psychiatrist. If the psychiatrist diagnoses the person with severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia or bipolar), that can cause a person to hear, see, or believe things that aren’t real, then that person should be sent to a treatment facility, such as the Pathways center in the book. This policy would keep people who suffer from severe mental illnesses from being in prisons, which would allow more room for criminals, and give applicable and better treatment to the people with the mental illnesses that they would not receive in the jails. It may also save money (Belluck,