Mental Health Rights
Mental health rights are for people looking for mental health help from a physician practicing medicine. If you or a loved one find yourself under the practice of a physician for a mental health condition, it is important to know your rights as a patient. Below we will explore some of your rights that are important to know and understand before accepting treatment. Even if you are surrently in treatment, knowing your rights now can help you along your journey to a more optimal and full recovery.
What are Your Rights?
The right to full informed consent for any mental health treatment, including:
The scientific/medical test confirming any alleged diagnoses of psychiatric disorder and the right to refute any psychiatric diagnoses of mental “illness” that cannot be medically confirmed.
Full disclosure of all documented risks of any proposed drug or “treatment.”
The right to be informed of all of the available medical treatments that do not include the administration of a psychiatric drug or treatment.
The right to refuse any treatment you, the patient, considers harmful.
Every Patient Has:
The right to be treated with respect and dignity.
The right to have a thorough, physical and clinical examination by a competent practitioner of one’s choice.
The right to ensure that one’s mental condition is not caused by any undetected and untreated physical illness, injury or defect.
The right to seek a second medical opinion of one’s choice.
The right to choose the kind or type of therapy for your treatment, and the right to discuss this with a practitioner of one’s choice.
The right to have all the side effects of any offered treatment made understandable, in written form and also in the patient’s native language.
The right to accept or refuse treatment.
The right to sue psychiatrists, their clinics, or staff for unlawful detention, damaging treatment or false reports.