What is involuntary hospitalization for schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Involuntary hospitalization occurs when people with schizophrenia have active symptoms but do not realize that they need treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that people having psychotic and delusional symptoms must sometimes be involuntarily hospitalized. On other occasions, people with schizophrenia become a threat to themselves or to others. When this happens, involuntary hospitalization is necessary to prevent the individual from acting out violently.

In the United States, each state has different guidelines about involuntary hospitalization. Most states will allow law enforcement officers to transport people with schizophrenia to a hospital if they are in a potentially dangerous or harmful situation. Once released from the hospital, a person with schizophrenia may continue receiving care at a day treatment program or at home.

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