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Abolish forced treatment

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    «Germany without Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry—A 15 Month Real World Experience» shows that it is possible to abolish forced treatment and considerable improvements are possible. The rate of inpasients under coersive medication fall under 0.5 % afterwards. Heidenheim Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine succeeds to end forced medication


    Frank Blankenship

    Why no more than 15 months? That’s the part I find most interesting…

    “An outcry of protest, amongst others from Germany’s professional association for psychiatry, led to changes in federal law allowing coercive treatment under strict criteria (impaired capacity, prior attempts to reach consensual treatment, treatment is necessary to avert serious damage to the patient’s health, least restrictive option, expected benefit exceeds the expected adverse effects).”

    You know “strict criteria” is never going to be as “strict” as it should be. These things aren’t determined by a jury trial, they ARE determined by psychiatric opinion. The big thing is that you get an “outcry of protest” from Germany’s organized psychiatry against not treating people who don’t want to be treated, in other words, a slave population. Could psychiatry survive without “forced treatment”? I don’t know, but they certainly pick up business by “allowing” it.

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