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Are suicidal patients allowed to refuse treatment?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

Anyone can refuse treatment.
You cannot force a person to take a pill or go to therapy or even to get shock treatment. However, if that person is really at risk of hurting himself or herself then the person can be hospitalized against his/her will. What happens after that depends on a lot of factors, including the person's willingness to continue with treatment.

In brief: Yes

Anyone can refuse treatment.
You cannot force a person to take a pill or go to therapy or even to get shock treatment. However, if that person is really at risk of hurting himself or herself then the person can be hospitalized against his/her will. What happens after that depends on a lot of factors, including the person's willingness to continue with treatment.
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine

In brief: No

If a person is suicidal, they can be treated against their will.

In brief: No

If a person is suicidal, they can be treated against their will.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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