Protecting Psychiatric Patients And Others From The Assisted-Suicide Movement

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Shocked by the fact that, in the Netherlands, psychiatric patients are considered potentially appropriate candidates for physician-assisted suicide, Olevitch examines the research and data and finds that, even in the United States, the situation is threatening. She describes how the rhetoric of the assisted-suicide movement can confuse potential suicide victims and their helpers, and how surrogate medical decisions are a growing threat in the lives of incompetent patients. Olevitch argues the assisted-suicide movement is based not on the level-headed realism its advocates claim, but on a lack of information about up-to-date ways of bringing about psychological wellness, on a misguided panic about finances, a phobic view of medical procedures, a lack of understanding of the support needed by average medical patients, and a misguided belief in superficial safeguards.

Olevitch describes how Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be used to help terminally ill or disabled people overcome their profound depression. Another cognitive focus is added as she presents material answering questions including what patients are really thinking when they request assisted suicide or when they decline medical procedures. Well-known psychologist Albert Ellis says of the volume, Carefully read this unusual book and see how it can be useful to you, whether you are a physician, a mental health professional, or an unfortunate patient

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Olevitch (clinical psychology, Missouri Institute of Mental Health) has vivid images of distraught mental patients requesting suicide and being whisked into a quiet room where they are dispatched without further ado. She seeks to inform therapists and others about the rapid diffusion of assisted-suicide ideology and to encourage them to show society how they can help even seriously ill and handicapped people. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275969578
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2002
  • Pages: 222
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA A. OLEVITCH is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in the research and treatment of the chronically mentally ill. She is the author of Using Cognitive Approaches with the Seriously Mentally Ill: Dialogue Across the Barrier (Praeger, 1995).

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Table of Contents


Do Psychiatric Patients Need Protection from Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia?

Would Physician-Assisted Suicide Lead to More Suicides?

Would Physician-Assisted Suicide Lead to Euthanasia?

The Beginnings of the Fear of Medical Technology

The Movement to Legalize and Otherwise Promote Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in America

What Mental Health Professionals Can Do

Soothing Fears that Progress in Medicine Will Lead to Financial Disaster

Establishing a Productive Frame of Reference for Psychological Problems

Refusing to Do Consultations That Justify Physician-Assisted Suicide

Insuring the Integrity of Informed Consent

Promoting Palliative Care in Medicine and Mental Health

Taking a Personal Position against Physician-Assisted Suicide


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