Monday, July 10, 2006

The myth of harm

Some mental health professionals assume it is harmful to mandate someone to accept treatment.

This is a myth.

In one study, individuals in court-mandated community treatment had low levels of perceived coercion, similar to individuals who had never experienced any form of leverage -- they didn't feel "forced," in other words. But those same people reported significantly higher treatment satisfaction than those whose treatment had been voluntary, probably because they didn't get to choose whether to take medication or not. [More in Sunday's Kennebec Journal ...]