Should Drugs be Used to Treat Mental Disorders?


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Essay #: 056848
Total text length is 4,515 characters (approximately 3.1 pages).

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The beginning:
Should Drugs be Used to Treat Mental Disorders?
1 Thesis Statement and References
Drugs should be used to treat mental disorders when the disorder is A)reliably correlated with a documentable physical abnormality of the brain and/or nervous system and B)requested by the patient or a healthcare proxy. While no protocol of drug administration is flawless, this two-pronged approach has numerous advantages. Firstly, it roots the idea of drug treatment in an empirical approach. Thus, sight diagnoses of mental patients will have to be replaced by diagnoses that rely on physical evidence, such as brain MRIs and other data. Secondly, transferring consent to the patient or the patient’s proxy (which could be the state if the patient were...
The end:
Is the entire point of my essay vitiated by the notion of denying mental people certain kinds of choice? In other words, under the scheme that I am proposing, does it seem likely that—despite my attempts to balance medical interest and individual patient right—medical interest will win, because my concept of competence will have the effect of disqualifying those people who refuse treatment? After all, someone who refuses treatment can be classified as incompetent by virtue of that very decision. So how can more fairness be brought to this prong of the policy?
Dickenson, Donna. Risk and Luck in Medical Ethics. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003
Veatch, Robert M. Case Studies in Medical Ethics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press