Treatment-resistant major depressive disorder and assisted dying

J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102458
Authors: Udo Schuklenk, Suzanne van de Vathorst
“Competent patients suffering from treatment-resistant depressive disorder should be treated no different in the context of assisted dying to other patients suffering from chronic conditions that render their lives permanently not worth living to them. Jurisdictions that are considering, or that have, decriminalised assisted dying are discriminating unfairly against patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression if they exclude such patients from the class of citizens entitled to receive assistance in dying.”
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