Canadian Man With Mental Illness Wants Right to Die: ‘Non-Existence Is Better Than This’
Non-existence is better than this, Adam Maier-Clayton, 27, told CBC News. The real reason for someone like me wanting the right to die is simple: Once theres no quality of life, life is akin to a meaningless existence.
As previously reported, earlier this year, lawmakers in Canada approved C-14, which recognizes the autonomy of persons who have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes them enduring and intolerable suffering, and allows them to seek out medical assistance to end their lives.
Maier-Clayton, an atheist who says that he is willing to take his chances with eternity, says that the bill should include those such as himself who suffer with mental illness.
I am determined to stay alive long enough to make a serious contribution in showing Canadas federal government why excluding sufferers of refractory mental illness from Bill C-14 is both heartless and inhumane, he recently posted to social media. Though, unfortunately my activism will be short lived as I am certain that 2017 will host the day of my rational suicide. If not sooner, only time will tell.
Maier-Clayton states that his pain feels like his body is being burned with acid from his brain out to his eyes, chest and arms, and that the pain is exacerbated when trying to read or speak.
I cant get through three pages of a book, he told reporters.Just to get through the first two would leave me with six hours of pain. I cant read, I cant write.
Doctors have yet to pinpointthe cause of his psychosomatic pain, and medications have not been successful. Maier-Clayton, a business graduate whose condition worsened while in college, feels that unless something changes, he would rather end his life.
Im not afraid of death, he told reporters. I could kill myself if I wanted to, but its not just about me. Its about all these other people, too.Shorter
However, somestate thatMaier-Clayton should not seek out suicide, butshould rather keep fighting to regain his life.
Adam, dont do it! You apparently have not been well looked after, wrote Dr. Edward Shorter, aProfessor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto whose study interests includepsychosomatic illness. While one cannot make a definitive diagnosis of Adams plight owing to the lack of detail, there are medical illnesses he could have that might produce all this pain, though much of it is mental in nature (yet nonetheless real). If he turned out to have such an illness he could be treated for it and given back his life.
He opined thatMaier-Clayton could indeed be dealing with psychotic depression and needs the propercare.
He believes that he is not depressed, based on the fact that I dont hate myself. But that doesnt rule out depression.What steers the observer towards psychotic depression is this pain theme. Hes enveloped in it, Shorter explained. This sheer cheerlessnesscalled anhedoniais another characteristic of serious depression: the annihilating hopelessness these patients experience. There is no source of joyno sunray of happinessleft in life. It seems like a miserable plod to what they hope will be a quick end.
He said that he is concernedthatMaier-Clayton could pave the way for psychiatric patients to legally kill themselves.
For sure, many of these patients want to kill themselvesand some do. But when theyve been successfully treated and are back to their families, their jobs, their dogs and their sports careers, they recognize psychiatric euthanasia as a profound waste of life and a shocking breach of medical ethics, Shorter stated.
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