She was a sex worker in her 20s with the health of an 80-year-old. Were we right to section her to stop her drug abuse?

We found our patient lying on a mattress on the floor of her room, naked and intoxicated with ketamine. Her speech was slurred and confused, her eyes roaming aimlessly, but she appeared happier than she had been for a while. Some other patients were with her, clearly substance affected.

My colleague and I tried to remain composed, but I had that slow sinking feeling that we had already lost control of the situation. I couldn’t remember the part of our induction where all your patients take drugs and you have to pretend like everything is still normal.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

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