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repeal cto’s review mha 2007 consider civil/human rights/freedoms

Comment 7th July 2010

section 17 of the mental health act already exists – it cannot compel patients within the commuity to take medication against their will, however cto's can,  controlling civil freedom, choice, autonomy too often information is not forthcoming, transparent or easily understood.   – it could be argued cto' s are coersive and could present as an increased risk to patients and professionals if used routinely

Why does this matter?

arguments continue to exist about the enigma?science?myth?medicalisation of mental illness/disorder? The mainstream suggests that many people benefit from psychiatric medication that controls/ maintains/reduces/increases "symptoms" as still there is no known cure (anti psychotics are strong sedatives) though what is grossly under reported  is that often for too many the risks (side effects) outwiegh the benefits. 

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