“We have little control over our thoughts. We are the prisoners of ideas” (Emerson Essays 367). When faced with a lack of isolation between thought and reality, the question of medical power diverges rather finitely: medical choice should remain in the power of the patient, regardless of mental state or wherewithal, versus certain levels of diagnosed disconnect from reality necessitate a transfer in power of medical choice to medical professionals. Based on an understanding that involuntary treatment, or Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is aimed to treat persons suffering from severe mental and personality disorders which inhibit these persons from grasping the reality of their condition, post-treatment analysis of success rates have
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Reality is defined as “the true situation that exists: the real situation; something that actually exists or happens: a real event, occurrence, situation, etc.” (Gove Webster's third new international dictionary of the English language).
The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), founded in Arlington, Virginia, is a non-profit organization intent on refining treatment options in regards to psychiatric care. TAC asserts that AOT “allows the courts to order outpatient treatment for people with severe mental illnesses who are least able to help themselves or most likely to present a risk to others, giving family members and the mental health community a tool to help very sick people who cannot make their own medical decisions” and that almost half of the millions of diagnosed cases of schizophrenia or manic depression, which are considered to be the two most serious mental disorders, are not capable of recognizing their illness. This is because severe mental disorders affect “their brain's frontal-lobe function, which is necessary to make that determination”