TITLE

Once the Wheels Are in Motion: Involuntary Hospitalization and Forced Medicating

AUTHOR(S)
Seitler, Burton
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2008, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the wake of the recent killings at Virginia Tech, this article expresses a fear that laymen and professionals alike may overly react toward someone who seems somehow odd or different by regarding that individual as dangerous and a candidate for hospitalization . Even before this tragic incident, individuals were unwillingly hospitalized, because in the State of New Jersey an "emergency intervention unit" deemed them unstable, despite having no history of violence or self-destructive behavior and no wishes to hurt anyone, and subsequently learning that they posed no danger to others or to themselves. Once the individual was institutionalized, a medical protocol was instituted consisting of automatic medication, without the patient's expressed consent. Despite being remanded to a psychiatric ward, no treatment (consisting of psychotherapy) was provided, only medication. This article discusses how this iatrogenically induced post traumatic stress disorder, and disillusionment in caretakers, betrayal, and distrust, impeding subsequent psychotherapy.
ACCESSION #
33294568

 

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