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Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz’s brainchild, the Living Will (below), is a document which provides for people of sound mind to reject the imposition of psychiatric treatment should their rights be compromised at any time in their future. While not legally tested in every country, in 1999, it served to protect the rights of one woman. Soon after a bitter fight with her mother, the young woman suffering from pneumonia, received a knock on her door. An attorney and police officer then forcibly removed her to a nearby psychiatric hospital. Once admitted, she phoned CCHR for help, explaining that she had signed the Living Will a year earlier. CCHR faxed the signed copy of the Will to the hospital authorities and the attorney. The woman was immediately released.

(Letter of protection from Psychiatric Incarceration and/or treatment)

The following declaration should be signed and, where possible witnessed, by a notary public, a trusted family member and/or confidante. Make several copies of the document with each copy notarized. Give one copy to each of the person(s) named below; make sure one of these is an attorney. Always keep a copy of this document with you in case there is an attempt to involuntarily or compulsorily hospitalize and/or treat you. Should you be in a position where you are to be subject to unwanted psychiatric hospitalization and/or mental or medical treatment, ensure that the person(s) attempting such are shown and are aware of this signed and notarized declaration. Immediately let your attorney and all other persons in your confidence know so that they may come to your aid. During any attempt at compulsory hospitalization or treatment by another, repeatedly declare your desire for a clarification of your condition of physical health. Explain that you wish to have this declaration abided by, however, do not resist or become aggressive. Demand to see an attorney.

A copy of your signed declaration should also be sent to the local or international branch of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights ® (CCHR ®). The international address is: CCHR, 6616 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90028.

Declaration of Intention

I,__________________________________ , born on ______________________________

in __________________________________ , address ______________________________

being of sound mind, willfully and voluntarily make known my desire that should it be so considered or decided that I be subject to involuntary incarceration or hospitalization (also known as committal and certification) in a psychiatric hospital, ward, facility, home or nursing home, and/or that I be subject to psychiatric procedures including, but not limited to, any form of psychosurgical or neurological operation such as lobotomy or leukotomy, electro-convulsive treatment (also known as electroshock or shock treatment or ECT), psychotropic drugs (including benzodiazepines, major tranquilizers, antidepressants, barbiturates or neuroleptics generally), deep sleep treatment (narcosis, narcosynthesis, sleep therapy, prolonged narcosis, modified narcosis or neuroleptization), sterilization, insulin shock or any other physical based psychiatric or psychological treatment or practice; I direct that such incarceration, hospitalization, treatment or procedures not be imposed, committed or used on me.

I refuse contact with and treatment by any psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health practitioner as these practices, according to my philosophic and/or religious convictions, do not adequately or properly diagnose and such diagnoses as are given can constitute a false accusation about my behavior and/or beliefs and practices, and are stigmatizing and therefore a threat to my reputation and physical and mental well-being. Any of their treatments, given against my express wish, are an intrusion upon and thus an assault on my body and constitute, in my view, criminal assault. Any involuntary hospitalization or commitment is a violation of my right to liberty and would therefore constitute a false imprisonment by all those advocating and authorizing such action against my consent and wishes. If in the future, I am accused of a crime, then I direct that I be subjected to due process as accorded to the criminally accused and not subjected to psychiatric or psychological assessment, processing, profile, confinement or treatments.

Declaration of intention: Page 2__________________


Among other situations, the above directions and positions apply in any case where my capacity or ability to give instructions may be or may be claimed to be impaired, or should I be in a state of unconsciousness, or should my communication in an actual and legal sense be impossible, or where any psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health practitioner, or law enforcement official or person asserts that the matter is a “life-saving” situation requiring emergency intervention and/or treatment under any involuntary commitment law or similar legal authority.

In the absence of my ability to give further directions regarding the above, it is my intention that this declaration be honored by my family and physician(s) as an expression of my legal right to refuse medical, psychological, psychiatric or surgical treatment.

The attorney(s) and other person(s) mentioned below are appointed and authorized to institute appropriate proceedings on my behalf should the above declaration be violated, and have my permission herewith to proceed with whatever criminal and/or civil procedures necessary to rectify such a violation.

I herewith authorize the following attorney(s) and other person(s) with the enforcement of this declaration of intention:

_____________________________ _____________________________

_____________________________ _____________________________

All medical doctors and their organizations as well as therapists are expressly released from their professional discretion or confidentiality towards provision of information to the above named attorney(s) and other person(s).

This declaration is also binding for my lawful agents, guardians, family, executors or any person with the legal or other right to take care of me or my affairs.

_____________________________ _____________________________

Signed Date

_____________________________ _____________________________


______________________________ _____________________________

Signature of Notary/Justice of the Name of Notary

Peace/attorney etc.

_____________________________ _____________________________

Before me on this date (date Notary At (place where signature is

witnessed the signature) witnessed/notarized)


Written by rudy2

June 14, 2011 at 02:06

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