However, brutal therapies are well documented and taught in psychiatry.
For example, "care contracts" are common in the treatment of anorexia.
The "care contracts" are the "doctrine of the flexible response" for anorexia: for each kilo lost matches the withdrawal of a human right.
For example, below a certain weight, you no longer have the right to see your loved ones. Then you have no more right to see the other inpatients: you are placed in solitary confinement. Finally you are tied to your bed, with a tube pressed into your nose, to feed you by force.
You are no longer a person, you are a weight. A weighing scale determines how you will be treated. The protocol is followed blindly, except when you are going to die: at this time your family is allowed to see you again, in your pitiful condition; but not necessarily, you can die before.
But there is a positive side to this treatment, whenever you gain weight, you will be rewarded! You will have, for example, the right to eat in a dining-room, with other human beings, sitting at a real table, and not tied to a bed! Do you realize what progress this represents?
In addition, the "care contract" marries perfectly with the bureaucratic spirit of psychiatry: to each weight corresponds a treatment; no need to think. Even the most stupid psychiatrist can follow this protocol.
And it works! Psychiatrists maintain the "food discipline" by threat and isolation, it is very effective on anorexics: they are terrorized at the thought of agonizing and maybe dying - ALONE. And psychiatrists are happy to throw them out when they regain some weight: they have accomplished their mission.
Strangely, there are many relapses and they have to start all over again: is not that terrible?
To conclude, I would like to quote a former anorexic who was cared by this means: "I do not want to be anorexic, because I do not want to go back to the hospital."
She was always abnormally thin, but systematically watched her weight: for not to be locked again by her parents.