Mental Illness In Juveniles

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What is a mental illness? A mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. What is delinquency? Delinquency is minor crime, especially that committed by young people. According to the National Alliance on Metal Illness (NAMI), a mental illness is medical condition that disrupts a person 's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Any type of mental illness can affect anyone, no matter the age, ethnicity, or lifestyle. How does having a mental illness correlate to one being involved with delinquency? There are many …show more content…
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. More males diagnosed with ADHD in childhood have been arrested, convicted and incarcerated than their peers with no diagnosis (Salvatore, Klein and Moulton, 2008). Also, Approximately 47 percent of youth in juvenile detention have a diagnosis of ADHD. Youth detained in juvenile facilities are more likely to engage in substance abuse and to live with ADHD or disruptive behavior disorders than any other combination (Teplin, Abram, McClelland, Dulcan and Mericle, 2002). The effects of having the mental illness ADHD can also be unexpected. Treatments are used to help with the mental illness. Most treatments include medications. Medications are used to lessen the symptoms and not to cure the illness. From real world experience, people that are on medication for having ADHD often need to have their medication refilled, like most people who take pills to relieve some type problem they have. When they are not on their medication, they tend to act out of character, or not so much to act as themselves when they are on their medication. So, adolescents who suffer from this mental illness cannot help it sometimes when they commit delinquent acts. Other types of …show more content…
For example, football is the most contact having sport where the body is vulnerable. Out of 53 players on a team, only 46 can dress out to play, and only 11 from both teams are allowed to be on the field at a time. The weight ranges for these men are from 200lbs.-350lbs. plus more depending on the height. Now, taking on the position that they hold, and the object of the game, these men are running full force towards one another and knocking each other sometimes out of consciousness. Not only that, they are damaging their bodies with their bodies. Not to mention that sometimes the helmets come off either in contact or after contact when there’s a pile up on the field. This not only goes for the National Football League, but also little league football. There are children who play with the mind frame that they are in the NFL and unintentionally injure another child, who might be prone to having a mental illness due to a family history of mental illness, and ends up having a malfunction of the brain. Later on in that child’s life he becomes an unruly adolescent who commits delinquent

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