There should be involuntary commitment to a mental hospital for treatment
There should be involuntary commitment to a mental hospital for treatment, so people in trouble can make more lucid decisions about her life choices
Nakesha suffered from a mental illness, one of the symptoms of which made her too paranoid to accept help. It wasn’t her independence that kept her on that grate, it was the paranoia clouding her judgment. So what is our role as fellow humans if we, like so many, many people in the article, care and want to help? Can’t a case be made for involuntary commitment to a mental hospital for treatment to perhaps restore her judgment so that she could make more lucid decisions about her life choices? Those medications exist. Why do we have to recognize the schizophrenia but do nothing but watch her disintegrate? If it is the disease that is causing her to fear help, aren’t we, as compassionate human beings, obliged to treat the disease, even if against her will, then restore her independence once she improved? I’m heartbroken at all the love and gestures and well-meaning solicitation from so many that did not amount to enough to keep her from suffering for decades, untreated, and dying on a grate, alone.
Lynn, NYT comment, Seattle March 3, 2018