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The tricky question of involuntary commitment
Deciding to get a person with a serious mental illness into treatment is one of the most important steps families can take to protect a loved one's health and well-being. Unfortunately, it also can be one of the most difficult. Many mentally ill people don't realize they are sick and resist visiting a doctor, participating in therapy or taking medications, even to the point of becoming a danger to themselves or others. When that happens, families may have no choice but to try to commit them to an institution against their will. Yet doing so can be a frustrating and painful experience.
April 4, 2013