I am one of the unlucky few who has lost a family member during her psychotic episode. My mother was detained due to her mania from bipolar one. The psychiatrist wanted her to be admitted, but she refused. The next morning, the psychiatrist speculates she was becoming more psychotic, she took actions that ended her life.
Both my uncle with bipolar one and my family member with sz wound up in jail during serious episodes of psychosis. My uncle was lucky because he was sent to the hospital and allowed to receive medical treatment even after his crimes.
I hope that my mom would be alive if she had been kept safe and treated.
I hope someone would force me into the hospital if I became extremely ill.
The suffering of psychosis definitely varies from person to person. You're right; some people are having an okay or even a positive experience. Some people are in hell. Due to my personal circumstances, I think of involuntary commitment as a last ditch attempt to save someone's life or freedom. If a person goes to jail instead of the hospital, they lose much, much more. And they also do not receive treatment.
The treating psychiatrist does not see my mother's death as her personal choice, but a preventable death from illness. He wishes he had admitted her against her will.
I spent a huge amount of time respecting my family member with sz's rights and wishes. Now they have no rights at all.