Thank you for a very good response. I will read up on the topic. In fact, I'll see if I can get the signs and symptoms added to our local EMS training.
I'm unable to elaborate, but our regional mental health system had a disastrous failure this week. So it's probably a good time for us to expand our horizons where mental health emergencies are concerned.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Perhaps, not as a punishment but as a gesture of compassion, we should offer her the option of physician-assisted suicide, and escort her to Switzerland or wherever it's legal to receive it.
That would be a humane option, spare Texas the expense of a grotesque spectacle of a trial, and probably fulfill the sick woman's wishes as well.
And then we'd be rid of her.
There is no lack of irresponsibility in this world. People will do what people will do. The story of the woman hacking up her baby is horrendous, to say the least. I can't even imagine what demons possess ones mind to make her do such a horrid thing. That poor precious little soul.
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
~ Francois Rabelais
We must ask ourselves whether it's probable that the mentally ill person is being reasonable in this instance (in wishing to end her life), even though she may not have been reasonable in other instances.
I think if we ask ourselves objectively if we would want to end our lives in her position (having dismembered and partially eaten our children), then we will have our answer as to whether or not she's making a reasonable decision.