Carmen Wiancko

I may not have the exact PC words here, but by nature, some mental health conditions may mask the person's desire to keep living, and wanting to suicide may be a real symptom that can be treated. For example, depression can be diagnosed using a screen that questions about hopelessness, among other difficult emotions. Hopelessness could be the very emotion tied to wanting to use MAID, but would the person feel the same if they were successfully treated? Of course we are talking about competency and checks and balance to know the patient has been offered all possible treatments- being not that familiar with MAID, my question would be: How rigorous are the screenings for competency and identifying if all treatment options have been explored?

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