I have been hospitalized TWICE in the past few months for suicide risk - locked psychiatric wards, both times involuntary. Both times, it seems, unnecessarily hastily. It just strikes me as odd, how adamant people are about "protecting" those suffering from suicidal ideation... How strongly society seems to desire to "keep suicidal individuals safe by whatever means necessary." But drug addicts, and alcoholics can sign out of rehab whenever they want. VERY RARELY are families able to get addicts "committed" to a rehab program unless they very clearly demonstrate that they are a danger to themselves - in the eyes of the law, and in the eyes of the state. Further - Those terminally ill patients, or medical patients in general, are allowed to sign out of the hospital against medical advice. Why is it then, that those exhibiting suicidal ideation are treated like prisoners? Why can't we CHOOSE the type of treatment we want? I know this site is pro-life... and I am by no means advocating suicide. It just seems odd to me that because I am suicidal I get locked up for a week (or more depending on the state you are in), and others are able to choose the treatment they desire.