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Psychology of compulsory detention

  • Allan Beveridge (a1)
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The compulsory detention and treatment of patients against their will is unique to psychiatry. It is arguably the most stressful event in psychiatric practice, both for the doctor and for the patient, and yet, although much has been written about the details of mental health legislation (Clare, 1980; Fennell, 1995), very little has been said about the psychological impact that this procedure has on either the doctor or the patient (exceptions are Mills, 1962; Rogers et al, 1993). This paper will examine the emotional factors involved when a patient is deprived of his or her liberty, and will take as its point of reference the Scottish Mental Health Act.

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Clare, A. (1980) Psychiatry in Dissent (2nd edn). London: Routledge.
Fennell, P. (1995) Treatment Without Consent: Law. Psychiatry and the Treatment of Mentally Ill People Since 1845. London: Routledge.
Mills, E. (1962) Living with Mental Illness. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Prins, H. (1986) Dangerous Behaviour, the Law, and Mental Disorder. London: Tavistock.
Rogers, A., Pilgrim, D. & Lacey, R. (1993) Experiencing Psychiatry: Users' Views of Services. London: Mind.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • Allan Beveridge (a1)
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