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Can patients just say no to treatment?

"Deeming individuals 'non-decisional' for misinformed beliefs that are not representative of a psychiatric illness is inappropriate, unfairly medicalizes the narrative and incurs a risk of further public distrust of the…
April 3, 2022

Can patients just say no to treatment?

“Deeming individuals ‘non-decisional’ for misinformed beliefs that are not representative of a psychiatric illness is inappropriate, unfairly medicalizes the narrative and incurs a risk of further public distrust of the health care system.

It is not the province of psychiatry to adjudicate uncomfortable social discourse so much as to elicit it. Empathic listening — curiosity rather than social judgment — has always been the most profound and powerful tool at our disposal, and it must remain so.”

Charles Hebert is a psychiatrist.

He shares her story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Can patients just say no to treatment?

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