In Austria something substantial has occurred: since March
29, 2006 there is an Advanced Directive, what could be called an almost
revolutionary step because it is embodied in a special new law!
Although a very strange § 13 is included in the law:
In Austria therefore one can now render impossible ANY
psychiatric diagnosis without one's expressed written consent by means
of a legally binding Advance Directive (see e.g.: www.vo-vo.de/vovo/muster.htm#1
) and thus protected, the individual can no longer be subjected to
psychiatric slandering by forced diagnosis and as a result, no legal
compulsory hospitalization and coercive treatment is permissable. This
is due to the fact that the Austrian Civil Commitment Law only enables
coercive treatment if all of the three following conditions are
Unfortunately the law is badly watered down:
b) If one already has a guardianship, one is patronized and can no longer establish an Advance Directive. This is not the case though, if instead one has a Representation Agreement - this at least is the case in Germany, where so far that is the only loop hole against psychiatric force, see: www.vo-vo.de/index2.htm .
c) Such an Advance Directive has to be renewed every 5 years. The period of 5 years validity is included in the law and an Advance Directive has to be established in the presence of an attorney or a notary (for which the attorney/notary naturally may require fees), but it is also possible to establish an Advance Directive with the help of a so-called "Patient Advocate". This is surely substantially cheaper than with an attorney, if not free of charge. Additionally, a physician must also confirm having been "consulted" but the 1/4 hour stupid babble once every 5 years with head nodding (and thereby keeping one's thoughts to oneself) is quickly over. The important point is that the consultation cannot prevent one from including in the Advance Directive that which belongs there: www.vo-vo.de/vovo/muster.htm#1
That will pull the carpet from under the feet of the whole of
psychiatry in a relatively short period of time. The reason is that
even if only a small minority establish such Advance Directives, as we
suggested, it is obvious that there is no such thing as "mental
illness", because no objective criterion exists at all. Therefore it is
sufficient that one does not want to be "mentally ill" and already one
cannot be "mentally ill", and/or be made an alleged "mentally ill"
We congratulate our Austrian friends whole heartedly and ask you to pass this good message on in your own e-mail lists.
Werner Fuss Center,