Mental Illness And Its Effects On Our World Essay

1583 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
In the history of human civilization, mental illness has always had an effect on our world. It is everywhere, very seldom noticeable, and has a particular presence in urban life. Although cities provide many new opportunities for people from all walks of life, it also can give way to many other health issues that aren’t as prevalent in a rural setting. Homelessness, addiction, substance abuse, violence and disruption in the family can be an indirect effect of mental illnesses.
What exactly is a mental illness? Also known as “psychiatric disorders”, mental illness is a range of illnesses that affect one’s mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples of mental illnesses are anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bi-polarism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Mental illness is caused by “a complex interplay of genetic, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), in every Canadian’s lifetime, they will be affected indirectly by mental health issues. As for directly, 20% of Canadians will personally endure a mental illness at some point in their lives, specifically, 8% of adults will experience major depression.

Although mental illness can affect people of different cultures, social-standing, or financial situation, mental illness takes a certain harshness in the people who are in the fringes of society. Homelessness is a major result of untreated mental illness in our cities. According to reports made by BMC Public…

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