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‘They Locked Me Up and Left Me’: Armenia's Outdated Mental Health Laws

A Eurasianet partner post from The Guardian

It started as a family row over property. Julietta Amarikian and her brother were arguing about a flat they had jointly inherited from their parents. She wanted to sell and share the proceeds; he wanted her to move out so he could live there with his wife.
 
The conflict escalated and Amarikian says her brother, unable to get his way, threatened to have her committed to a psychiatric institution if she would not cooperate.
 
She did not take him seriously at first but when police and medics in white gowns arrived at her door a few days later, she realised he had not been joking.
 
The 54-year-old says she was taken by force to a Yerevan mental health clinic where she was held for a month against her will. “They locked me up and left me,” she says. “No one even examined me. I was terrified. I thought it was the end of me.
 
“I have never had problems with my mental health,” she adds. “I only had problems with my brother.”
 

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‘They Locked Me Up and Left Me’: Armenia's Outdated Mental Health Laws

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