The Treatment Of The Mentally Ill Essay

2073 Words May 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
Imagine living in a place where you were sent for avail with a disability and it turns out to be a nightmare. A nightmare where you are residing in poor conditions, abused by a corrupt staff, and undergo dangerous operations on without your permission. Albeit many of us would never experience this, it was a cold-hearted reality for the mentally ill. Not only were the mentally ill treated horrible in “institutions” back in the mid-1800s to mid-1900s but outside they were not treated any better. In this research paper I am going to look into the treatment of the mentally ill in the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.
Predicated on accumulated information, it is known that mental institutions in this duration were cruel and they brought immense damage to the mentally ill. However, the original intentions of mental institutions were more positive and caring then its outcome. Dorothea Dix was a consequential figure and pioneer of the rise of mental institutions in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Dorothea Dix took a job as a teacher for inmates in a East Cambridge State Prison.
While there, she came across a revelation, these unhygienic truculent criminals were put alongside the mentally ill. The consequences of this were the mentally ill were brutally abused by their violent jailmates. Dix then studied various prison facilities across the country and came up with the same conclusion as the one she came up with the prison at which she worked. The mentally ill living alongside violent…

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