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Argument For The 5150 Involuntary Treatment Laws

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Involuntary treatmentDonald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense on November 18, 2001, states:"The United States of America represents something so important to the world - our free way of life. If you care about human beings, you have to care that the U.S. model, which benefits not just the people in our country but across the globe, succeeds. [. . .] Free people are free to be wise and unwise. That's part of what freedom is." (qtd. in Smith)Of course, people are free to be wise and unwise, mentally healthy and unhealthy. Although our United States government suggests that people may be free to be mentally unhealthy, laws of involuntary treatment, such as the California Mental Health ...view middle of the document...

An anxiety disorder occurs when anxiety is very intense and long-lasting, which may result in impairing or disrupting daily life and may cause people suffering from this disease to ignore their lives to focus on the anxiety. A dissociative disorder is a disruption in memory, consciousness, or identity. The most well-known dissociative disorder is the dissociative identity disorder--commonly called multiple personality disorder. Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the appearance of having two or more distinctive identities--each of which acts, speaks, and writes in a different way, with its own memories, wishes, and impulses. Sometimes, people with multiple personality disorders can be a danger to themselves because the different personalities within them become destructive and may cause them to harm themselves. Depression is an illness in which patients are extremely melancholy to a point where it affects their daily lives. Depression can become very dangerous and may even lead to suicide, if not treated. Schizophrenia is a genetic disorder and mental illness with a category of its own. The symptoms of schizophrenia are bizarre and characterized by the inability to differentiate reality from hallucinations, the ability to go into catatonic stupor (to obtain an odd flexibility and become immobile afterward), and disorganization of thought and speech.Nguyen 3Schizophrenia becomes very dangerous because people who suffer from schizophrenia does not have the ability to tell the difference between reality and hallucinations, so they become very confused and frustrated; they may take their frustrations out on other people. Another symptom of schizophrenia is paranoia, the fear of another entity always attempting to demolish the person suffering from schizophrenia. In one case I have seen, a schizophrenic though that the FBI would send electromagnetic waves to his brain, so he protected himself by wrapping foil around his head. An eating disorder is a mental illness that affects mostly girls during the adolescent stage and distorts their body image, causing them to fear food and weight gain. There are three types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and compulsive overeating disorder. Patients with anorexia nervosa restrict caloric intake and exercise excessively as a way to lose weight. Bulimics often binge and consume drastic amounts of calories, then regurgitate to have the feeling of emptiness. Compulsive eating disorders consume an exorbitant amount of calories and partake in very little exercise. Eating disorders affect physical well-being greatly and can become deadly if not treated in time (Bernstein 126).Mental illnesses are sometimes neurobiological diseases of the brain. Recovery is very possible, with treatment. When the disease has progressed, a period of rehabilitation (social and vocational) needs to be completed in order to achieve the maximum recovery. There are many ways to treat mental illnesses. The...

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