Euthanasia: Last Stop for Depression?


Originally published on

If you felt like you were being aggressively and relentlessly chased by a menacing stranger, then as you approach the edge, jumping off of a cliff might seem like your only option. But what if the person chasing you was trying to tell you something you needed to know?

What if you completely misunderstood the circumstances leading to your fear and act of self-sacrifice. What if there was another version of the story that, had you known it, could have shifted you immediately into a space of relief, gratitude, and clarity.

The Story of Mental Illness: Dependency, Struggle, and Hopelessness

Millions of people, the world over have bought into a story of mental illness. That it is an inherited disease, a chemical imbalance, that they will struggle with for life, requiring active pharmaceutical management as the only legitimate treatment option.

As these people bump up against the glass ceiling of conventional treatment, they may learn, first hand, that there is no magic pill, as they encounter the bind of limited efficacy coupled with an inability to easily discontinue medication. Patients are labeled “treatment resistant” when medication after medication inexplicably fails sending them, repeatedly, through the revolving door of the hospital system. They are stripped of their civil liberties, mandated treatment, and even injected against their will like my patient Robin.

Is this just the nature of mental illness?

Do these tragic situations sometimes warrant the compassion and dignity of physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia?

You heard me right.

I’m about to tell you about a place on this planet where euthanasia is offered to those with a diagnosis of mental or behavioral disorders.

124 Flames Extinguished

Presented to Parliament on October 7th, the biennial report from Belgium’s Federal Commission on the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia confirms that 124 of the 3,950 euthanasia cases in Belgium involved persons diagnosed with a “mental and behavioral disorder” from 2014-2015. Lethal injections were administered, upon the request of 5 non-terminally ill people with schizophrenia, 5 with autism, 8 with bipolar disorder, 29 with dementia, and 39 with depression, according to the report.

Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for patient suffering “unbearably” from terminal or non-terminal conditions that are considered “untreatable”. Accordingly, requests may be fulfilled within one month.

What if they knew there was another way?

I used to believe in euthanasia.

I thought it was short-sighted and cruel to force people to endure their tragically slow decline in health simply for the sake of appearances. To support the commitment that conventional medicine upholds to “never quit.” Are people meant to be kept alive at all costs?

I used to think they should be allowed to die, with dignity, if their condition was hopeless.

If their condition was hopeless.

This is the operative term.

Now, with my awareness of documented cases of spontaneous remission, my knowledge of radically transformative healing paths, my work with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and his long-term care for the terminally ill, and my own cases of total reversal of mental illness diagnoses within the space of months, I no longer believe anything is hopeless.

With the right tools and the right mindset, the body is capable of negentropic feats of healing.

The failures of psychiatry are only a source of hopelessness if you don’t believe there’s another version of the story, another way, and a deep meaning to your struggle.

Help me spread the word that radical healing is possible, safe, and accessible. Here are two tools you can use today to heal your body and free your mind.

A Mind of Your Own– The science and support for my approach to non-drug treatment of depression

Vital Mind Reset– The companion 44 day online community healing program

Depression Research Dashboard

For evidence-based information on depression, visit the Research Dashboard.

'Euthanasia: Last Stop for Depression?' has no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

©Copyright One Radio Network 2019 • All rights reserved. | Site built by RedLotus Austin
The information on this website and talk shows is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors, producers of One Radio Network, Patrick Timpone, their guests or web masters take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained on this website in written or audio form, live or podcasts. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider and take total responsibility for his or her actions at all times. Patrick Joseph of the family of Timpone, a man...All rights reserved, without recourse.