National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

The Scientific Case Against Forced Treatment with Antipsychotics
Robert Whitaker

The legal assumption that underlies forced treatment is that antipysychotic medications are a helpful therapy, and thus a court will regularly required forced treatment on the basis that a competent person would elect to take the medications. But a review of the science reveals that a person may have good reason for thinking that antipsychotic medication may do more harm than good, and once that is understand, the legal rationale for forced medication collapses.