Hello I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience I will try to help you with this.When you were sectioned in 2004 was that an assessment section or a treatment section and how long were you detained for? Your Doctor may be about to change your diagnosis (not that unusual in psychiatirc illness) do you know what the new diagnosis will be and do you think your health is deteriorating?
I am in and out of court his morning but will answer you as soon as I can after getting a reply to my further questions.
My health is not deteriorating. My new diagnosis is likely to be Bipolar disorder. In 2004 I was detained for 3 months and they came to my house to section me. 2 doctors, 1 social worker, 1 CPN and a policeman. I think it was a treatment section. I agreed to go into hospital for 3 days and when I got in it extended to 3 months.
I am just worried every time I have a psych appointment that they would slap another section on me and would like to prepare for that eventuality, as I am functioning well otherwise.
In order for you to be sectioned whether for an assessment or for treatment there needs to be an application by either an approved mental health professional or your closest relative. Whichever of those 2 makes the application must have seen you not more than 14 days before making the application. They also need you t have been seen by 2 Doctors one of whom is Mental Health Act approved.
So your brother who Is not your closest relative would not be able to sign anything leading to you being sectioned.
Also, if your health is stable as seems to be the case there should be no risk of your being sectioned. You are known to Mental Haleht services and a change in diagnosis from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder is very unlikely of itself to necessitate a section.
If you follow this link you will find a lot of good clear information on Mental Health sufferers and the law. http://www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness/mental-health-laws/mental-health-act-1983/sections-2-3-4-5.
I hope that this answer is helpful but if you have any further questions then please feel free to ask.
Thank you for your answer. I do have a question.
When you say "Seen". Does that include a telephone appointment? Possibly recorded on their end with another Dr present, but not disclosed to the patient.
My next appointment will be within two weeks of such an appointment.
And would my next closest relative if not my brother be my Uncle or Aunt on my mothers side?
Sorry if I am being pedantic.