What I'm Reading (article)-
When does a person's right to refuse treatment end? How do you determine if a person is capable of taking care of herself? Over the weekend I read a great long-form article (>15min) from 2011 called "God Knows Where I Am" by Rachel Aviv. It recounts the tragic life of Linda Bishop, a single mother who suffered bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. Having "poor insight" (ie. awareness of her condition) she refused treatment and shunned the family members that tried to help her. After being released from a mental hospital, she wandered a few miles to an abandoned house and lived for the next four months surviving on rainwater and apples, taking notes in a journal, and waiting for God to save her. It is a devastating story with no easy answers on an individual's right to autonomy and self-determination. I wrote a longer piece about how a similar situation happened in my own family.