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    Mental Health History

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    Mental health is coming to awareness in recent years around the United States; however, mental health diagnoses have been present throughout human existence. Not only has mental health been in existence since human beings, but also racism has haunted minorities in negative ways. This short essay will trace the history of mental health, since 1900’s in the United States to some of the recent studies addressing minorities in mental health. Tracing the history of mental health there is an interconnection with racism, and African Americans have been victims of medical experimentations and research along with other ethnic minorities (Harrison-Ross, 2007). Researchers used African American’s stereotypes that society had of them to justify their…

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    Every day is the same to you; you wake up, read the paper, and drink your coffee. You work at the East Cambridge Prison, where you keep the inmates in order by whipping them, chaining them up, and by not giving them food. You know that the conditions are wrong and inhumane, but it’s a well-paying job. You don’t speak out because you’re worried about your family and three kids at home who need to be fed. Stories like these occurred in prisons and mental institutions all around the world. The…

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    stalls often times in cellars. Most of the patients who were disobedient were chained up naked and beaten/ lashed with rods and other sorts of items. After some time, asylums soon became institutions, where instead of just holding and punishing the mentally ill, they began trying to treat the disorders as well. One of the most common ways to “treat” a mental disorder was electroshock therapy, this is still used and there’s controversy on if this method really works to “cure” mental illness.…

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    Locking In Jails

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    Locking Up for The Good of Society Mental health disabilities are one of mankind’s greatest weaknesses. There is much debate on whether or not mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, paranoia, and depression even truly exist or people make up false symptoms to gain attention or get prescription medications. With a lack of mental institutions for people to get help, the illness can cause outbursts of negative behavior which can lead to criminal acts. Jail time can only help those who are…

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    holds. The rapid decline of mental health institutions in the United States can be correlated to the rise in prison population and homelessness. America is a country with such advanced medical technology and supposed equal opportunity, and this would lead one to believe extensive resources are being poured into treatment and protection for those with mental illnesses, but this is not the case. With a disturbing history, people have a flawed idea of what inpatient mental health institutions would…

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    Community Connections is a mental health agencies established in 1984. Its mission during establishment was to, “provide mental health services to consumers who were transitioning from institutional care into society” (“Community Connections History,” 2008). The focus of the agency then was to, “provide treatment for people who were diagnosed with major mental disorders and needed help to regain skills lost after years of institutional care” (“Community Connections History,” 2008). The founder…

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    Mental illness is a condition that impacts many Americans today. It affects an individuals thinking, feelings, or behaviors and it may also affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. The treatment for mental illness is drug therapy according to diagnosis and mental health counseling. In my mental health clinical I assess my patient using therapeutic communication to get a health history, personal history, mental status, the reason they are there, mood,…

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    Mental illness has evolved considerably since the Ancient Greek perspectives of balancing humours. As time progressed the benefit of knowledge helped to explain and treat mental illness. However the drastic and frequent changes that occurred have left a mixed but relevant legacy. Therefore this essay will explain how psychiatry has evolved. The historical theories of mental illness will be briefly noted in order to grasp early explanations of mental illness. The history of mental illness prior…

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    Mental Illness Sociology

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    Mental illness is extremely prevalent in society today. A mental illness is defined as a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood (“Mental Health Conditions”). It may affect people’s ability to relate to others and as well as their ability to function on a daily basis (“Mental Health Conditions”). About forty million adults in the U.S., ages 18 and above, suffer from a mental illness (“Facts & Statistics”) and about one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year…

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    experiences changing their perception of the world. This is exemplified in Lauren Slater’s “Three Spheres”, which tells the story of the author’s own experience with mental illness and how it shaped the course of the rest of her life. Although a person’s nature does impact their personality, as shown in the innate quality of Slater’s mental illness, the way that they are nurtured also has a great impact. “Three Spheres” best shows the character of the author due to its illustration of her…

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