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When a mentally ill loved one refuses help

The Ulysses contract – an advance directive – may be one way of helping individuals who need treatment but believe they don’t

It happens just about every time. After I give a public talk on some mental health topic, one or two people from the audience hang back and approach me.

They seek advice on how to deal with someone close to them - a child, a sibling, an erstwhile friend - who is often sequestered at home and obviously unwell mentally, but refuses to either seek help or resume treatment.

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