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Are there ways to make my brother get diagnosed with a mental disorder?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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41 years experience
Depends on state law: Firstly, this is a difficult situation if he is mentally ill and does not want treatment. If that is indeed the case then i would recommend that you contact your local courthouse and ask them what louisiana laws are surrounding the issue. In wisconsin we have what is called a three party petition. With this it takes three adults who have observed the person to be not only mentally ill but a danger to themselves or others in order to force them into evaluation or treatment. This then has to go before a judge who will make the ultimate decision. It can be a time-consuming process.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
If he is at risk for self harm or harm to others or cannot provide for his own food, clothing ir shelter, in CA he can be admitted invokuntariky to an inpatient psychiatery ward. You could call local police and "put him on a 5150 hold", which is a 3 day observation period for assessment of mental ilness in a locked psychiatric hospital unit. There he would be thoroughly evaluated.
Aug 13, 2013

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