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Often as part of a clinic or other treatment program. Others are peer run in the self-help model. Similar to self-help among people with mental illnesses, family self-help can range from small supportive groups to large organizations. 8 30 MENTAL HEALTH REFORM NAMI and many of its local and state chapters nationwide have been supportive of broader commitment laws as a vehicle for providing help to people with serious mental illness and easing the burden on families. Additionally, NAMI offers the “Family to Family” support program, which helps people cope more effectively with family members with mental illness.

For example, a treatment program in Wisconsin has withheld Social Security checks from its clients until they 58 MENTAL HEALTH REFORM agreed to receive an injection of an antipsychotic medication. Many radical patients’ rights activists call for outright bans of such practices as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), restraint and seclusion, and even the use of psychiatric medications. Activists taking a more moderate position call for strengthening the right of informed consent for people with mental illness and providing more resources to enforce that right.

Nobody is sure exactly why or how ECT works, but the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and international doctors’ groups tout ECT as an effective treatment for severe depression, mania associated with bipolar disorder, and psychosis associated with schizophrenia. Additionally, the doctors’ groups say, ECT’s side effects are few, mild, and rare; therefore, ECT is particularly useful for treating people who are elderly or who have medical illnesses. However, many hospitals do not use ECT, and numerous states have laws regulating its use—some doctors find these restrictions to be particularly frustrating.

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