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The mentally ill who were seen as insane were treated cruelly, they were often chained to walls and kept away in dungeons ("Timeline: Treatments for,”). In the late 1700s, After the French Revolution, French physician Phillippe Pinel took over the Bicêtre insane asylum and changed the rules ("Timeline: Treatments for,”). He forbid the use of shackles, took patients out of the dungeons, gave them sunny rooms, and let them roam the ground for exercise ("Timeline: Treatments for," ). Although Pinel changed the rules of Bicêtre, mistreatment still persisted in other places in Europe ("Timeline: Treatments for,”). In the 1840s, Dorothea Dix observed the mentally ill in Massachusetts and saw how cruelly they were being treated ("Timeline: Treatments ... ... middle of paper ... ...ally ill.
Mental illness is a theme that resounds throughout Proof. Mental illness is a debilitating disease that affects the characters mental stability, and their sanity. Mental illness is something that people do not like to talk about because of the stigma associated with it. Mental illness is a common, yet misunderstood medical condition that changes cognitive, mental, and social skills. Some common mental illnesses include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
They tend to spend the most time with hospitalized patients and are therefore more able to assess their needs and aspirations beyond medical needs (Llewellyn P, 2004). In places where care has been shifted from psychiatric hospitals to community services, mental health workers have taken a more active role in protecting consumer rights and raising awareness for improved services. Nurses are obligated to act as an advocate for their patients (Llewellyn P, 2004). Advocacy implies being prepared to be adversarial and this can promote discord with colleagues and within teams (CARE USA, 2001). The advocate may be asked to represent a patient's bizarre or dangerous choices, such as those mentioned already, or to represent the patient in ways that compromise the advocate's personal or professional beliefs.