Ask The Audience: Mental Health, Ctd

by Patrick Appel

The first reader writes back in:

I should have anticipated that this might turn into a question of safety vs freedom, which is certainly an important issue, but we should also bear in mind the broader questions of whether or our current definitions of addictions and or other psychiatric conditions like depression, PTSD, or ADHD, are changing our understanding of civic/legal responsibilities and rights. Have we in effect created a second class of citizens who can no longer be held responsible as citizens and or whom we no longer count as fully able to make trustworthy decisions.