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Tue, Jul. 31st, 2012, 02:12 pm
Suicidal Persons.... (quote)

"...suicidal persons are the only people who may be held against their will for weeks, months, or even years on the sole basis of what they `might' do in the future rather than what they have done in the past---and not to others but to themselves.

One Arizona woman spent fifty-eight years without comprehensive review in a state mental hospital after a suicide attempt. "If a sociologist predicted that a person was 80 percent likely to commit a felonious act, no law would permit his confinement," comment the authors of an article on "Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill: Theories and Procedures" in the Harvard Law Review.

"On the other hand if a psychiatrist testified that a person was mentally ill and 80 percent likely to commit a dangerous act, the patient would be committed."

Tue, Jul. 31st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)

It's all about money. Be it private insurance, medicare/medicaid, and so on ... Just saying