Every so often mental illness may run in families, which suggests that people who have a family member with a mental illness may be at risk to develop one themselves. Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases and biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy. Instead of treating these unfortunate individuals with compassion they are more likely to incarcerate the mentally ill in correctional institutions rather than treating them in health care facilities like any other sick individuals. In 2012, there were roughly 356,268 inmates with severe mental illnesses in prisons and jails, while only 35,000 people with the same diseases were in state psychiatric hospitals (Mencimer, …show more content…
The study demonstrated the specific issue experienced by persons with severe mental illnesses, moreover, individuals who may fall into a self-perpetuating cycle of conflict to management substance abuse, violent behavior, and re offending.
Treatments in the 1800 's were not taken very seriously. Before hospitals were available, a person with mental illness was usually isolated from their families and had to stay home at all times. Those who had a family member with a metal illness denied their existence because the mentally ill were housed with criminals and were often physically abused.
Mid 1800 's Mid 1800s was when the first few hospitals were built and were intended to house thousands of people. A New York World reporter, Nellie Bly decided to disguise herself as a mentally ill person to view the treatment from a patient’s point of view. According to Bly, it was over-crowded and defeated the purpose of trying to give extra attention to those in need. She decided to publicize the fact that America needed a better health care system to support the mentally ill. Routine for the mental illness is the same for each individual (Bly,