Assisted suicide for psychiatric patients has been legal in the Netherlands since 1993, a country with some of the longest standing euthanasia practices. The main argument for euthanasia in the Netherlands is the autonomy of the patient.
Whether psychiatric patients are able to objectively determine that their suffering is irreversible is coming under question in a recent study on assisted suicide in patients with mental disorders.
The study found that in more than …
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