Birth Defects in differenct Cultures

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In many cultures, birth defects are considered a curse and are sought to be removed by some method: spiritually or by simply ignoring them. However, as science is improving and eyes are opening towards the topic of birth defects, more research has been conducted to understand and accept them. Since the 1960s, the federal government introduced ways that mentally ill patients could live outside a mental hospital, where they were confined from the general public, and live a normal life. Many communities and mental centers were built to allow continuous and efficient care for those patients from their homes. Yet, the question remains whether or not the whole world has accepted mental illnesses. Many believe that the mentally ill should be hidden from society out of shame and humiliation, but countries all over the world have invalided that belief by establishing new methods of treatments and awareness campaigns to include them in society. Over the past several years, the United States has shown a drastic improvement in how it has begun accepting mental illnesses and its patients. Through the country’s persistent method of detecting mental illnesses early and ending harassment to any person suffering from a mental illness, it is evident that the United States cares for those patients. For example, schools have taken the initiative to increase mental health screenings in order to diagnosis suffering teenagers as early as possible. An organization named TeenScreen has conducted several school-based screenings that screens students based on a questionnaire that is, “designed to identify depression, anxiety, and several other mental health conditions.” Post the screening, students who tested positive for a mental health condition were sche... ... middle of paper ... ...Edition 11 Aug. 2010. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 27 Feb. 2014. "Mental health on the screen under scrutiny." Sun-Herald [Sydney, Australia] 9 Feb. 2014: 24. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. "Ontario launches project to improve physical health of mentally ill patients." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 29 Jan. 2014: A5. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. "School-based mental health screening for teens results in connection to care."Mental Health Weekly Digest 12 Sept. 2011: 40. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. Tayler, Theresa. "Breaking Through the Stigma." Calgary Herald. 09 Oct. 2011: A.6. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. Yudin, Michael. "Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying." United States Department of Education News. 20 Aug. 2013: n.p. SIRS Government Reporter. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

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