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Mental health

1988

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The Freedom To Be Psychotic, Joram Graf Haber Jan 1988

The Freedom To Be Psychotic, Joram Graf Haber

Journal of Law and Health

The following will examine both involuntary commitment and deinstitutionalization, as well as some recent and rather novel proposals that have been championed by those who advocate neither. I refer here to the so called "Ulysses Contract" as well as to "mandatory out-patient treatment." My concern is primarily with the moral and legal aspects of these practices and to that end will focus on more conceptual matters. I will conclude by defending a concept of freedom which does greater justice to patients' needs than does the one currently employed.