At 16 do I have the legal right to pull out of mental health services ?

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I have been going to CAMHS for nearly two years now because I have an eating disorder, and after all this time it’s not helped . I don’t like it there and I want to pull out .
When I turn 16 , would I be allowed to pull out without permission of parents ? Or is that at 18 ? 💜
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What is it about CAMHS you do not like?
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Legally you can at any time. At any age. Although I recommend telling them that you think it's not working just to see if there's anything last thing they can try
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However it is worth noting that at any age it may get difficult to refuse treatment entirely if your life is in danger (although it is pretty unlikely this would be the case as it is typically a very last resort due to underfunding).
Hope things work out for you, let me know if you want to talk ❤
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What is it about CAMHS you do not like?
I don’t like being treated like I child all the time . I’m going to college in September 2021 and I think I should be capable of making my own choices and not have to be made fun of by other people . I just want a normal teenage life without people having to know everything about me
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However it is worth noting that at any age it may get difficult to refuse treatment entirely if your life is in danger (although it is pretty unlikely this would be the case as it is typically a very last resort due to underfunding).
Hope things work out for you, let me know if you want to talk ❤
Thank you . Is it okay if I speak to you for a bit ? because I need to tell somebody everything ❤️ What is your insta ?
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Thank you . Is it okay if I speak to you for a bit ? because I need to tell somebody everything ❤️
Yeah of course, would you like to DM me? Just so you know I am 18 - just in case me legally being an adult makes you uncomfortable
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Consdering that there's no law that forces you to attend therapy you don't need to rely on a law to not go.
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I have been going to CAMHS for nearly two years now because I have an eating disorder, and after all this time it’s not helped . I don’t like it there and I want to pull out .
When I turn 16 , would I be allowed to pull out without permission of parents ? Or is that at 18 ? 💜
18 and even then its not set if you are a danger to yourself.
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From what I have heard from other people, treatment for anorexia can feel unbearably intrusive sometimes. But you probably know what a dangerous illness it can be. Have you tried talking to the BEAT helpline at all? Maybe it would give you an outlet to vent and get another perspective? https://www.beateatingdisorders.org....ices/helplines
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Yeah of course, would you like to DM me? Just so you know I am 18 - just in case me legally being an adult makes you uncomfortable
Okay ❤️
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I don’t like being treated like I child all the time . I’m going to college in September 2021 and I think I should be capable of making my own choices and not have to be made fun of by other people . I just want a normal teenage life without people having to know everything about me
What kind of treatment is involved, Lucy and why do you feel that you are being treated like a child?

I'm wondering whether there are other options, such as seeing a psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders.
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What kind of treatment is involved, Lucy and why do you feel that you are being treated like a child?

I'm wondering whether there are other options, such as seeing a psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders.
I have to go to the place every week with my dad and the therapist just questions me on things like school and food and eating . We’ve been there for over a year and nothing is working . Although that could be because I’m naturally stubborn and when I don’t want to do something I won’t do it .
I feel like I’m being treated like a child because I don’t have any control . I have to have set meals and they have to be certain sizes , but any other person my age can eat what they want . If they aren’t hungry then they can eat less but I am still forced to . It’s just embarrassing.
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16 year olds have the right to consent to treatment but not the right to refuse treatment - that only comes in at 18 (and if the adult is deemed capable). If your parents insist that treatment should continue then legally their word overrides yours.
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I have to go to the place every week with my dad and the therapist just questions me on things like school and food and eating . We’ve been there for over a year and nothing is working . Although that could be because I’m naturally stubborn and when I don’t want to do something I won’t do it .
I feel like I’m being treated like a child because I don’t have any control . I have to have set meals and they have to be certain sizes , but any other person my age can eat what they want . If they aren’t hungry then they can eat less but I am still forced to . It’s just embarrassing.
Does the option exist of having some of the sessions on your own? Would that change the way you feel about the treatment if you could?

Re the meals you eat, what is your understanding of the rationale behind this?
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I don’t like being treated like I child all the time . I’m going to college in September 2021 and I think I should be capable of making my own choices and not have to be made fun of by other people . I just want a normal teenage life without people having to know everything about me
I can relate.

but if you take a more mature act, you will be able to keep people from knowing about your mental health situation and then separating it from college. It is possible.

for the longest time I felt as though mental health services had taken over my life, but now I’m starting to see how much use it can bring me. I don’t have the same 24hour round the clock monitoring I used to have but in retrospect it saved me from ruining my health. In my opinion at least
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Does the option exist of having some of the sessions on your own? Would that change the way you feel about the treatment if you could?

Re the meals you eat, what is your understanding of the rationale behind this?
I think there is an option to go In on my own , but i don’t think that would be any better .
i think they have put me on this meal plan because they don’t want me to get I’ll again, they are worried that i have free reign I wouldn’t make the choice to eat the food xx
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I pulled out at around that age, but I really recommend you don’t. You can’t be made to do anything at any age, unless you’re under a section.

It’s very difficult to get the support anymore at adolescence and even more so once you turn 18 and move over to adult services. Whilst you have camhs in place, I’d really recommend keeping at it, even if you don’t think it’s doing much good. Looking back I realise I learnt quite a few coping strategies for my issues... but at the time, I believed the sessions were doing absolutely nothing.

I left 4ish years ago, I’m still mentally unwell and I often think back to then and wonder if I would have a better quality of life if I’d have stayed.

I know it’s crap, but the potential of just having a slightly better quality of life in the future makes it 10x worth it. From other comments you have posted, it looks like your ED is driving your decisions here... sometimes the control does have to be passed over for your own sake, I know it’s difficult
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What is it about CAMHS you do not like?
In my experience, they are an absolute waste of time. I only know of a few people who found them helpful.
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