During the 1960s, Americans were horrified to learn about conditions within the state mental hospital systems, where patients were often abused and neglected, made to submit to dangerous medical procedures, or simply left live in squalid conditions for life. The popular backlash, made

famous through books and movies such as OneFlew Over the Cuckoo’sNest, led to a general consensus against forcing anyone, under any circumstances, to receive psychiatric treatment against their will. Movements such as Madpride and The Icarus Project suggest that mental illness is normal and society’s narrow idea of normal is to blame. However, others feel that patients with mental illnesses are a threat to themselves and society. That individual freedoms do not out weight the safety of society. Other research suggests that involuntary psychiatric treatment programs can keep people from cycling through ERs, jails, prisons, and homeless shelters—and therefore save taxpayers gobs of money. 

Prepare research to debate both sides of this issue. 

Yes, persons with mental illness should be forced to received treatment. 

No, persons with mental illnesses should be able to make their own decisions regarding treatment. 

Prior to researching each side review the following resources:

Resources

Debate Organizer

Opening Argument-Positive Position:

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Make sure you include research/cases and note sources as part of your evidence.

Argument 1:              Evidence:  
Argument 2:            Evidence:  
Argument 3:    Evidence:              
Argument 4:              Evidence:    

Clinch your argument with a strong summary, your most compelling evidence, a powerful quote.

Closing:

Opening Argument-Negative Position:

Make sure you include research/cases and note sources as part of your evidence.

Argument 1:              Evidence:  
Argument 2:            Evidence:  
Argument 3:    Evidence:              
Argument 4:              Evidence:    

Clinch your argument with a strong summary, your most compelling evidence, a powerful quote.

Closing:

Then attempt to rebut at least two arguments that take an opposite view. (So, if you argued in the affirmative, you must rebut two negative positions).

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