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Mental Disorders & Forced Treamtent Issues

#1 How do you feel about someone who has been hospitalized for a mental disorder? Would you date someone if you knew they had been hospitalized? What if they had been in the hospital for a strictly physical illness? Is there a difference in your feelings? Why? Does this affect your willingness to seek therapy for your own problems, or for those of your friends and family? Why is our society so frightened by psychological disorders?

#2 What are the ethics of forced mandatory treatment for psychological disorders? What are the patient's rights to refuse treatment? When is it society's right to control an individual and force treatment or involuntary commitment? If a person is threatening suicide, should he or she be forced into treatment? Would it be right for a therapist to allow a person to make suicide a matter of personal choice, an expression of "free will?"

I need some ideas and suggestions of how to approach these questions. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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#1 How do you feel about someone who has been hospitalized for a mental disorder? Would you date someone if you knew they had been hospitalized? What if they had been in the hospital for a strictly physical illness? Is there a difference in your feelings? Why? Does this affect your willingness to seek therapy for your own problems, or for those of your friends and family? Why is our society so frightened by psychological disorders?

For most people, it often depends on the type of mental disorder the individual is diagnosed with, as well as the events that lead to the admittance into the facility. If it was for depression, since most people experience depression at least once in their life, a person would probably feel okay with dating (not everyone) a person who was hospitalized for depression. However, if the person had attempted suicide many times prior to this hospitalization or hurt someone, it might deter a person from dating the person for various reasons e.g. fear, high maintenance relationship, depression is inherited so would not want children with a person who has mental illness, to name a few). Mental illness is different from physical illness, which often has a cure. ...

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By responding to the two sets of questions, this solution discusses various topics regarding mental disorders, forced treatment and others. This solution is 600 words and provides information for one good resource for further inquiry.

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