Round 2: Second Response (Posted by 6/11) – Post your second argument. If your initial posting was rebutted by a member of the opposition, then you must go in and defend your position and try and negate his/her rebuttal. If for some reason your initial statement was not responded to then feel free to go in and help defend or bolster one of your teammate’s original positions.* If time allows, continue to respond to each rebuttal.


It helps save lives. Throughout the history of mental illnesses, there are many cases of mentally ill people who have died from one cause or the other. The main cause of death is often self-inflicted, and this occurred because mentally ill people are not very aware of their actions. Even when it is forced, the process of offering treatment helps prevent self-inflicted injuries that could lead to the patient’s death. The prevention also prevents injuries that could occur to the human body even when they are not life-threatening. There have been cases of people that have been injured in many different situations, and these injuries often lead to scars or even amputation. The injuries could also be caused to people around the sick person, which shows that the threat is more than just to the sick person. It makes sense to prevent all this possible harm through intervening and offering treatment to the mentally ill individual, even by force.


The process of involuntary treatment helps prevent cases of suicide that could have occurred from mentally ill people. The cases of mentally ill people causing physical harm to themselves are very many and diverse. Mentally ill people have been known to cause injuries to themselves by using knives and even using their physical hands. There are also many cases of mentally ill people causing car accidents and even injuring other people. These cases can lead to physical harm to the mentally ill individual and other people that may be in the area. It is necessary to consider the societal impact that offering treatment has, and the benefits often outweigh the negative effects that may be derived from such activities. It is notable that the provision of medical treatment saves the life of the ill person and provides safety for other people who may have been injured in their interaction with the mentally ill person.


I agree that there are cases in if the person doesn’t acknowledge that there is something wrong and is suffering from a mental illness that the problem can escalate. However, the problem with forced treatment is that it’s not always the best option for people with a mental illness. There are other methods to use as an approach to support someone with a mental illness. I can understand that it may have been a positive outcome for some people, but we can not forget the people who had a traumatizing experience. The thing that isn’t mentioned is the procedures that take place. We can’t assume that it’s the right treatment for them, plus regardless, people with a mental illness should be aware of what’s going on and how it will go down. These are people in the end. Forcing them into a situation that may make them feel horrible or unsafe, then is the treatment helpful or cause more harm than benefitting the patient? Everyone is different, and there are victims of forced treatment that didn’t benefit from the treatment in the end. 

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