Mental Illness In The Ancient Ages

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Mental illnesses have been around during Egyptian and Mesopotamian ages. And throughout the years many things have changed. Many right movements for the mentally ill have been made, along with many different Act’s have been ruled, and a large hand full of associations have been made to support psychiatric patients. Many people have changed their opinions on the mentally ill because they’ve finally opened their eyes to what people have to suffer through. People have been trying to treat mental illnesses since 5000 BCE. People once upon a time thought that mental illnesses were caused by demonic possession or a supernatural phenomena. Treatment in this era was actually chipping at the skull, or Trephining or Trepanning, believing that it would …show more content…
Dorothea Lynde Dix passed away at age 85 on 17th July, 1887. The term “crazy” was actually formed from the Middle English work “cracked” and insane from the Latin “insanus” meaning “unhealthy” came to mean a mental disorder in the time period of the 17th century. Many people believed that many mentally ill persons was caused because of the witch-hunts. They were then locked up in workhouses, poorhouses and even jails. Many were locked up in chains, because some saw this as therapeutic because it was helping suppress the animal passions of the insane. The 19th century was known mostly as the Asylum Era. Because of population and industrialization growth, a massive expansion of the number and size of insane asylums in every Western country. By 1870’s in North America, Lunatic Asylums were renamed as Insane Asylums. By this time, ‘asylum’ had lost its original meaning of a place of refuge, retreat or safety, and was then seen as abuses that had been widely publicized. By the 20th century, a ‘mental hygiene’ movement, that was actually thought of in the century prior, finally launched off to “prevent the disease of insanity”. This was achieved through public health methods and a number of clinics. In Nazi Germany, the mentally ill were the earliest targets. An …show more content…
California’s Mental Health Movement, ‘Each Mind Matters’, is a great example of a mental health movement. Each Mind Matters brings millions of individuals along with thousands of other organizations working to advance mental health. During Suicide Prevention Week, people in California came together to observe. This year’s, 2015, theme was Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives. An example would be Know the Signs suicide prevention expert Stan Collins, wrote the article “Everyone Can Help Prevent Suicide”. Fresno County Behavioral Health held a one day skills workshop with the staff that also included a session on Know the Signs and Each Mind Matters. One session was titled “Directing Change in YOU!” to learn about suicide prevention messaging. Sutter Yuba County supported Suicide Prevention Week through the use of social media. The Movement for Global Mental Health is a network of individuals and other organisations that have the main goal of improving services for people who live with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide. Manily low and middle income countries where effective service are often unavailable. This movement began in 2007 with a Call for Action, through volunteers and collaborations, the Movement gradually grown to where members are able to share ideas, initiate activities and seek

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