Q: I'm 17 and have an eating disorder. Can I legally refuse treatment? If not, can I refuse when I turn 18?
My parents have threatened to get a guardianship if I relapse again. Can I refuse treatment at 17 if I'm in a guardianship? What if I'm 18 and in a guardianship?
A: Parents make decisions for a minor, including medical treatments. They decisions can be enforced by a court. At age 18, if the court appoints a guardian, then the guardian makes those decisions, and the court can enforce them. If you overcome the disorder through successful treatment programs to which you adhere, then a guardian should not be necessary and can be terminated if sufficient progress is proven to the satisfaction of the court. But if there is a relapse, a guardian could be appointed again.
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