Medical Personnel Often Ignore Mental Health Patients’ Advance Directives

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From NC Health News: “In late summer 2021, Sue came home from work to find her 24-year-old son Michael confused. He shrugged in response to most questions and muttered words that didn’t make much sense. Sue knew something was wrong because this wasn’t the first time this had happened.

Michael was involved in the Eagle program at Atrium Health, an outpatient project designed to support young people in Charlotte after an initial psychotic episode. Sue called the Eagle program nurse, and they suggested that Michael go to the hospital before his symptoms got worse.

Sue and Michael were nervous because Michael had suffered adverse reactions to some psychiatric medications in the past. But this time, they had one source of reassurance as they headed to the hospital: a psychiatric advance directive. That’s a legal tool allowing someone with mental illness to instruct medical providers about what kind of treatment and medications they prefer — and which ones they do not — in the event of a mental health crisis.

‘They can serve as a way to protect a person’s autonomy and ability to self-direct care. They are similar to living wills and other medical advance planning documents used in palliative care,’ says a guide on the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

Sue and Michael had a copy of this legal document in hand as they walked into Atrium hospital that day. It was also on file in Michael’s medical records, which North Carolina Health News reviewed with his mother’s permission.

Michael’s psychiatric advance directive listed five medications that he did not consent to, and the document explains that they’ve made him aggressive and paranoid in the past. But after Sue left the hospital for the night, Michael was given one of those five medications.

‘The advance directive clearly had medicine that he was allergic to listed on there, and they just disregarded it,’ Sue said. ‘So once they did that, he spiraled downward quick.’

Psychiatric advance directives have been around for several decades, but researchers have found them to be underused. Too few patients and medical providers in North Carolina and across the country are aware of the legal tool and how it works. This leads to frustration for people like Sue and Michael who complete the legal document only to have it disregarded by doctors.”

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  1. Of course, this is also when the MD who gave the shot, flees, taking the incriminating document with him/her and hiding or disposing of it in order to have a defence when MD and hospital are sued, leaving the ER guy to go to the ward to give the patient a second disastrous shot, not knowing about document and its contents.

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  2. Medical professionals also hold innocent people against their will, for profit, by forging people’s signatures on voluntary consent forms, according to my expunged court records. And that doctor was eventually convicted by the FBI for fraud, and because he was having lots of patients medically unnecessarily shipped long distances to himself, “snowing” them, then performing unneeded tracheotomies on people, for profit.

    Medical professionals also break the HIPPA laws, I have evidence of this in my medical records.

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Forced “treatment” should be made illegal. But instead, big Pharma and the medical “professionals” are trying to force “vaccinate” the planet. Upside down and backwards, America, and doctors.

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