Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
e-mail: batushkad@yahoo.com

Monday, December 29, 2008


Oftentimes individuals are involuntarily committed to psychiatric facilities, deprived of their liberty based on the supposed premise that they are a threat either to themselves or to others. However, there are many individuals who are threats to themselves or others who we do not deprive of their liberty. Therefore, who we deem as dangerous is a subjective call. Unless a person has actually committed a criminal act, and has gone through due process, and been convicted, this should be the only time that a person's rights and liberty should be limited. This concept of 'dangerousness' is merely a means of social control, it is to separate from society those who we subjectively deem undesirable. If these persons actually have committed a dangerous act which has infringed on the rights of others, then this should be handled by criminal law procedures. This conception has been argued vehemently by those such as Thomas Szasz.

-Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

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