Is Mental Illness A Social Problem Essay

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The occurrence of mental illness has been rising in recent years, with many people reporting the development of mental health issues. These mental illnesses include, to OCD, anxiety, substance abuse, anti-social behaviour and schizophrenia to name a few. There are some that argue that mental illness is an individual issue, not influenced by factors outside the personal experience. This essay will argue that mental illness is a social problem, with a particular focus on the topics of gender and poverty. Defining mental illness and the concept of a social problem gives a basis for the topic. In addition to this, the different way gender influences mental illness is examined as well as prominent sociological theories associated with gender and …show more content…
Therefore without appropriate mental health policies, mental illness will continue to be a social problem as the stigma and continuing social causes of mental illness will further develop, worsening the situation (Thachuk, 2011). Gender policies that protect the mental health of both women and men, enable health care professionals to access knowledge that will enable them to appropriate treat mental illness on a social level rather than solely a biomedical level. In addition to this, health policies and services that empower those suffering in poverty to better their situation, will, in turn, enable those individuals to experience better mental health status. (REFERENCE). There are some limitations to this, however, the implementation of policies may not necessarily help those suffering from genetic mental illness. Some mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, can have a genetic basis rather than a social basis, this requires specific health care to treat. Unfortunately, a genetic diagnosis of mental illness still generates the same stigma related to all mental illnesses (Schnittkar,

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