Introduction Two decades ago hospitals were for the physically ill and asylums were for the mentally ill. With the stigma fading from mental illness and a movement toward deinstitutionalization, this paradigm of segregation of mental and physical health care does not hold true today. A direct effect of the paradigm shift is a greater willingness on the part of the public to seek help for mental health problems. (Madonna, 2000, ¶ 6) Managed care has stepped up to fill the increasing need for inexpensive mental health care coverage. Each year, 52 million Americans have some form of mental health problem and out of those patients 60% are members of a managed care group. (Madonna, 2000, ¶ 8) Managed mental health care’s successes and failures now bear directly on the mental wellbeing of 32 million particularly vulnerable Americans.
His experiments helped the field see mental illness as less of a personality flaw and more like something that can be treated such as a broken arm. Advancements continue to be made as psychiatrists and doctors acquire more tool in helping their patients. Of course the patients cannot be helped if they can’t afford the treatment.
In this assignment, the case study chosen will target depression. What is mental health? Primarily, mental health can be defined or described as a state being mentally fit, but being mentally healthy does not always mean a person does not suffer from a mental health problem (Mentalhealth.org.uk, 2014). Good mental health can help you fulfil your potential and in general can help you cope with life in every aspect. Although good mental health is admirable, a person’s state of mind is constantly changing meaning that different life occurrences can affect your mental health as we develop in life (Mentalhealth.org.uk, 2014).
Many of the drugs on shortage are used on a day to day basis. Besides that, the amount of drugs on shortage have increased significantly over the years. On a nationwide survey, the majority of anesthesiologists confirmed at least one drug on shortage, and also reported that the substitute affected the patient more than the actual drug would have (“Grassroots Group Says Anesthesia Drug Shortage Caused by GPOs”). This means that patients would have longer recovery time, which lowers the number of surgeries that can be performed within a specific time period. The drug shortage has become so widespread that even the federal government is interested now.
Regulation in the doctor’s office is the genesis of solving the massive prescription drug issue in America. With structure, communication, and a relationship between the patient and doctor, doses can be monitored and only prescribed when necessary. In response to this, numbers in crime, overdose, death, and violence will show an immediate decline. Prescription drug abuse a problem in society that continues to progress; the solution is an increase in doctors’ training and more thorough processes before patients can acquire medications.
However, persons with a chronic disease and elderly persons aged ≥65 years were the designated influenza vaccine priority groups in Thailand, which may explain why these groups have higher coverage than all other target groups. The distribution of publicly-purchased influenza vaccine to high risk groups is a relatively new initiative in Thailand. With support from WHO and the U.S. government, in 2006, Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Company began building domestic capacity to produce influenza vaccine, with the aim of producing seasonal vaccine that can be converted to pandemic vaccine when the need arises. Under this plan, in 2008, Thailand National Health Security Office began to purchase seasonal vaccines for elderly persons aged ≥65 years and persons with a chronic disease. In 2009, this was expanded to provide vaccines to pregnant women, young children aged 6 months to 23 months, obese persons, and mentally disabled persons.
Whether it be through the media, educational facilities, or through health professionals themselves, voices spoken against the stigma facilitates social inclusion and acceptance of the lonely sufferers. We, as a society, must yearn to redefine the concept of stigma and become more focused on treatment in the forms of health policy and research. The focus should not be on the stigma but reoriented towards helping the patient recover as much as feasibly possible.
Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act 2013 Natalia Konieczkowski Central Connecticut State University NRSE 480 The importance of mental health and its effect on individuals has been underestimated. The stigma and discrimination of those affected by mental disorders still exists today. The advancing technology and thorough research are slowly moving towards a less discriminating and better understanding of mental health. More and more patients especially children and adolescents are being diagnosed with different mental disorders. Not enough programs and grants are given to screen and protect children from developing mental illness conditions.
Parents should not have to be fearful of such horrific side effects when giving their child medication. There is a yearly increase in children, and adults being diagnosed with ADHD. “A new study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examining changes in overall pediatric drug use from 2002-2010 found a 46% increase in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication use, setting the stage for further analyses of all pediatric medications, according to FDA researchers” (Brown University, 2012). Some of the risk factors of taking stimulants are heart complications, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. Suicidal acts were far less common than suicidal ideation.
Depression is the most common menta... ... middle of paper ... ...currently little empirical support for cognitive mediation.” While many of these studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective treatment for depression, there are other issues to look at. One of these issues is the severity of the depression and if it is in conjunction with other mental health disorders. If there is a minor depression, then most of the studies indicate that there is definite improvement from the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, when there are more issues going on and the depression is severe then other forms of treatment may be necessary such as the use of medications in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or other therapies. In addition, the individual may not be responsive to this type of treatment and would then need to be assessed to see what other types of treatment would be most effective for them.