Psychiatric Ethics: Not Necessarily Clear, But Sometimes Helpful Anyway

In his paper, A Logic in Madness, Aaron Hauptman describes the evolving clinical picture of Mr. A, a patient with Asperger’s syndrome who presents with symptoms consistent with a major depressive episode. In his case discussion, Hauptman describes the difficulties, both conceptual and practical, faced by the clinical team in trying to help this man recover from his depression. Among these he identifies: ‘the ethics of mandated treatment, definitions of mental illness, rationality in the context of psychiatric disorders, and the limitations on patient autonomy in a psychiatric inpatient setting’. In this response to Hauptman’s paper, I discuss the first and last concerns with emphasis on...
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