America 's Prisons Have Become The New Asylums Essay

1377 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
America’s Prisons Have Become the New Asylums
42.5 million adults in the U.S. suffer with some sort of mental illness, whether it’s depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or another mental illness, according to a 2014 Report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They are all difficult illnesses that a large portion of the population have to struggle with.
The proper medication is needed to help relieve some mental pain that the people who are suffering with one of the mental illnesses listed above or a different one are dealing with. It’s important that they are in a place where they are able to have a stable life with the proper care.
The lack of stability in the lives of the mentally ill is a problem that there needs to be a stop to. No one person in the U.S. should have to live an unstable lifestyle without getting the proper medical treatment or other care if needed.
Also, the mentally ill who don’t have a support system are even less likely to be taken care of properly. A man with schizophrenia stated, “Being medicated involves the admission of needing someone else’s help…It is an admission of some degree of helplessness; an admission that one is not all-powerful, and some may believe it is an admission of weakness.” He then added “The only thing worse than taking medication, in my view, is to have an uncontrolled major psychiatric illness that runs its course, and in the process of doing so, destroys the mind and spirit.”…

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