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    Innocent lives are being taken away every year due to a mentally ill offender. Mental illness is a severe condition that interrupts the way a person think, feel, and mood. Most of the time criminals that are diagnosed with this disorder commit crimes knowingly. In addition to them knowing right from wrong. Therefore, mentally ill law offenders should be held accountable for their actions through treatment and punishment, but not execution. “In some cases, a murderer who is in prison for life…

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    Mental Illness Theory

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    There were so many different beliefs on mental illnesses and where it came from or how it was created. An ancient Greek physician Claudius Galen believed that all illnesses originated from an out of balance humor or substances in the body. English physician Thomas Willis argued that an internal biochemical relationship was behind mental disorders. Bleeding, purging and even vomiting were thoughts to help and correct any imbalances to heal mental illnesses. It was also argued what came under…

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    Girl, Interrupted Girl, Interrupted is a story that takes place in a psychiatric ward during the late 1960’s in Massachusetts. The main character is an eighteen-year-old girl Susana Kaysen, who suffers from borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a debilitating high-risk disease associated with strong emotional suffering that impairs everyday functioning (Fertuck, Karan, & Stanley, 2016, p. 1). She is a troubled teenager who recently left high school and appears…

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    Unsung Heroes of Psychiatric Wards The cliche phrase ‘don 't judge a book by its cover’ has been around for generations. Who would have guessed that one of America’s most loved movie stars and sex icons, Marilyn Monroe, had depression and a form of schizophrenia? In One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey proves that people with mental illness should not be frowned upon because they do not fit in with the rest of the cookie-cutter society. Kesey uses a realist approach to make people…

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    At any point in a criminal proceeding that a defendant shows signs of mental illness, his competence to proceed to stand trial may be questioned. In theory, the requirement that a criminal defendant be mentally competent before the trial can proceed assures that the defendant will receive a fair trial (Morris et al. 2004). The Supreme Court has long considered a competency to be a right of the criminal defendant in court. The defendant 's awareness and sanity must be intact to have him stand…

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    The treatment of those who are vulnerable is infinitely telling about the values a country 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…

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    State Hospital Reform

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    the United States to state mental hospitals. An important individual in the reforming of America's mental institutions was a Massachusetts schoolteacher named Dorothea Lynde Dix. In her investigations of the privately funded institutions for the mentally ill that were only available for the wealthy, she discovered horrendous living conditions. Therefore she advocated for publicly funded state hospitals (Millon et al., 2004). As a result of her efforts state hospitals were formed in thirty…

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    However as author Beynon states, “There is no evidence that expensive hospitals improve treatment outcome” (Jonathan). The justice system have begun to establish a system that can adjudicate patients with mental health issue. For example Stephen Allen exclaims “Over one hundred health courts have been established in the United…

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    state funded mental institutions have changed their methods drastically throughout the years. The various types of abuse that the patients had to endure through were horrifying. Misdiagnosis such as deafness was considered retardation, and the psychiatric would sentence them into the institutions without considering a second option or opinion. The facilities would often intentionally over prescribe pills, and practically overdose their patients. The patients had no rights to refuse what was…

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    Everyone knows someone or may even struggle themselves with a mental health issue. Many people seek help and assistance through their health care provider. According to the World Health Organization, Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community” (August, 2014). Mental health affects three domains:…

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