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Treatment-resistant major depressive disorder and assisted dying
  1. Udo Schuklenk1,
  2. Suzanne van de Vathorst2
  1. 1Department of Philosophy, Queens University, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2AMC, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Udo Schuklenk, Department of Philosophy, Queens University, Watson Hall, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada; udo.schuklenk{at}


Competent patients suffering from treatment-resistant depressive disorder should be treated no different in the context of assisted dying to other patients suffering from chronic conditions that render their lives permanently not worth living to them. Jurisdictions that are considering, or that have, decriminalised assisted dying are discriminating unfairly against patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression if they exclude such patients from the class of citizens entitled to receive assistance in dying.

  • Euthanasia
  • Mentally Ill and Disabled Persons
  • Psychiatry
  • Suicide/Assisted Suicide

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