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When Your Grown Child Refuses Treatment, Then What?

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When a severely mentally ill child over 18-years old refuses treatment, what can parents do? If the illness is life-threatening or poses harm to others, involuntary commitment for inpatient care is an option. However, for most parents, helping their grown child may require a host of intervention techniques, crisis services, and community support. What sets mental illness apart from physical illness is that a common response of the psychotic person is to avoid treatment and deny any illness. Understanding what options are available can begin by contacting regional offices under the Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD) or support groups such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness.