Housing the Mentally Ill Essay

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With more frequent mental illnesses showing up within society today, many threats are posed. Are these ill people safe on their own? Can they raise families of their own if they cannot take care of themselves? Who should be in charge and responsible for these people? These questions have been regularly asked and discussed between families of those who are ill and the physicians who take care of these patients. I have come to believe that many, if not most of these people should be in care. Throughout history, mentally ill people have been known to be violent and have violent outbursts including murders and sexual offenses. Mentally ill citizens cannot be held responsible for themselves due to their disabilities. However, these citizens are …show more content…
Media suggests that many mentally ill people are violent and dangerous by focusing on violent crimes committed by someone who was ill, as well as in movies such as The Shining and Psycho (Clarke 16-17). With so many stereotypes and generalizations, those who are mentally ill should at least be able to decide where they wish to live and how to live there. History of mental illnesses are endless. Dating as far back as ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and India. These problems were often suggested to be religious or personal. Religious leaders believed that the mentally ill were sick due to a lack of relationship with a higher power (“Module 2: A Brief History of Mental Illness and the U.S. Mental Health Care System”). In the fifth century, B.C. Hippocrates tested methods of managing mental illnesses. His knowledge of understanding that the disturbances were physiological rather than impressions brought on by the gods allowed him to study illnesses in a way never previously explored. Hippocrates focused on his patients environments and occupations and distributed medicines such as purgative hellebore (“Timeline: Treatments for Mental Illness”). As history repeats itself, the middle ages came with many turned heads. Those in the middle ages believed, like the ancient societies, that mental disturbances were caused by lack of relationships with their godly figures or that they were possibly

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