Re "Rights shouldn't halt treatment" (Forum, letters, Jan. 5): Peter Henneberrys letter regarding the civil rights of mentally ill people makes many valid points, most of which I agree with. However, I must take him to task regarding his statement that mentally ill means that you dont know what you are doing. It would be more accurate to say that some mental illnesses render sufferers unable to distinguish what is reality and what is not. Neurotic disorders and psychotic disorders are much different. I struggled for years with clinical depression. Fortunately, I recognized my dilemma and sought treatment. Unfortunately, a close relative who suffers from severe psychosis has not and probably never will recognize the need for help. And what is most gut-wrenching? Because of current civil rights laws, I cannot do a thing about it.
-- Lynn Schuff, Rancho Cordova