“[…] the increase in those who are euthanized because of psychiatric disorders: not just severe depression, but also schizophrenia, anxiety, autism […]”

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Reading the entire article from where the paragraph below originated, I’ve asked myself if I might remember well times not so long past, when people with “psychiatric disorders” were considered not only alleged burdens to themselves, but also to their societies, and subsequently “euthanized” for the “greater good”.

I took myself the liberty to emphasize “autism” because I didn’t really know what else to do… Because I am besides many others, all of the following: Jewish, Diabetic, Autistic, Specially Learning Disabled (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Visual Stress),  and with symptoms of Anxiety and Depression.

I was wondering what would a “professional” have to NOT offer, in order for me to consider their “offer of Euthanasia”? Because after half-a-century of quietly and unknowingly living with most of the above “conditions” I’ve nearly lost hope… But instead of just being offered death, people and professionals helped me recognize the part beyond the “dis” of my special needs, offering me life within my abilities.

Because the “right to die” shouldn’t simply mean that it’s just “all right to die”…

“[…] In the Netherlands, more than 5,000 people are now euthanized per year. In Belgium, it has risen to 2,021 in 2015 from 347 in 2004.

Euthanasia in both countries is increasingly provided outside the paradigm of unbearable physical, disease-related suffering at the end of life. Particularly significant, even if still limited, is the increase in those who are euthanized because of psychiatric disorders: not just severe depression, but also schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, anorexia, PTSD and even profound grief.

Euthanasia has been offered to couples who want to die together, people who are disabled and increasingly to people who are just tired of life. […]”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-euthanasia-assisted-suicide-dutch-netherlands-perspec-1018-jm-20161017-story.html

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