Derya Demitras, a young honors student from Amherst College, is being held in the Bellevue psychiatric hospital against her wishes and the wishes of her family despite the fact that she has been diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis, a condition that affects the brain. “The family repeatedly informed the hospital that Derya’s condition worsened under the use of psychotropic medications. When Derya’s psychiatric behaviors worsened, after receiving drugs to treat mental illness, she was involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital where they continued to administer more psychotropic medicine.”
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