Essay about Mental Illness And The Court System

760 Words Dec 4th, 2014 4 Pages
“Mental Illness and the Court System” The United States court system has not effectively focused on the mentally ill. Individuals tend to develop mental ill disorders due to social problems and end up homeless. Findings from recent studies indicate that the prevalence of mental illness is higher in prisons than in the community, and comorbidity is common (Diamond et al. 3). The court system has not taken into consideration the various beneficial programs that can be used for individuals with mental disorder. Many mental treatments are available for individuals with mental disorders. In order for the court system to achieve the objective of rehabilitation, they must establish mental ill treatments for individuals that are incompetent to stand trial. Mental illness varies by the amount of stress that the individual is exposed. An individual might experience hallucinations or delusions and might find a way to get medication to control it. However, individuals with anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions cannot be effectively controlled through medication. Individuals that are incompetent to stand trial, rarely, if ever, get therapy or comprehensive treatment, so mental health issues that were previously controlled with medication and therapy may get much worse during incarceration (Villines 1). Violence, sexual assault and rape causes trauma that can create anxiety, depression, phobias, and posttraumatic stress disorder in…

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