Yes, well at least according to Dutch doctors/legal system.
In January a young Dutch woman drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. Euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide are legal in the Netherlands, so hers was a death sanctioned by the state. But Aurelia Brouwers was not terminally ill — she was allowed to end her life on account of her psychiatric illness.
“I’m 29 years old and I’ve chosen to be voluntarily euthanised. I’ve chosen this because I have a lot of mental health issues. I suffer unbearably and hopelessly. Every breath I take is torture…”
But Vanmechelen believes that after a patient has undergone multiple treatments for the same diagnosis, it is reasonable to say, enough is enough.
This was what Aurelia Brouwers argued too. She had been treated for her illness — she had therapy and took medication — but we do not know the details.
“We need to get rid of the taboo that you should always remain in treatment, until the bitter end,” she said. “For people like me there isn’t always a solution — you can’t keep taking medicine, you can’t pray indefinitely… At some point you just have to stop.”
But people can and do live for decades with psychiatric disorders.
“They’re not treatable like an infection, they’re like diabetes — you’ve got the disease, you will have it the rest of your life, but we, as doctors, are going to make it possible for you to live with it,” argues Frank Koerselman.
“Like people with diabetes, psychiatric patients are also treated for years, but this is not an argument to stop treatment.
“It’s very well known that after the age of 40 things might go much better for people with Borderline Personality Disorder — their symptoms might become much milder.”
But most mental illnesses are treatable and so the above example is very much the exception rather than the rule.
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