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Mental Health

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Imagine you’re sitting in a room, screaming at the top of your lungs; you just want someone to help you, to listen to you. May of 2013, I was going through a phase of major depression and anxiety that was out of control. I was assessed and admitted for inpatient at a psychiatric facility in Tulsa; I was in there for one week, and I was a patient for self-inflicted harm, suicidal thoughts, major depression, and anxiety. This is something I have experienced first-hand and I believe I am qualified to argue for improved mental awareness. Better awareness regarding mental illness could be brought about by greater public awareness, higher quality treatment, and improved public policy. To achieve greater public awareness, there should be more information on this subject, and culture should show that these patients aren’t in control of their mind. Every culture has a standard for behavior that seems natural and healthy. However, if someone acts a certain way that does not abide by these standards, then that culture will deem them mentally ill or just anomalous. Persons with a mental illness seem fearful of requesting assistance for themselves as a result of believing they will be ridiculed for it. Therefore, these people are forced to live with these tormenting attacks, hallucinations, or feelings of hopelessness. Research shows that psychotherapists don’t even have set standards for what healthy behavior and a healthy mind should be.(Opposing Viewpoints) They do, however, have an idea for how a healthy mind and a healthy person should act; steady emotions, a sense of self contentment, self confidence, and etcetera. However, people nowadays think they have depression, anxiety, or are bipolar just because they feel a sense of sadness, hav... ... middle of paper ... ...ly ill, and how everyone should handle this subject. Even though this is a touchy subject, it cannot be avoided and needs to have more attention averted towards it to better the treatment and the public policy. Works Cited "Mental Disorders." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. "Mental Health." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. "Use of Treatment/services by Adults with Serious Mental Illness, by Age and Type of Care, 2008." Health and Wellness: Illness among Americans. Barbara Wexler. 2012 Ed. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Information Plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. Williams, Mary E. "How Should Society Address Mental Illness?" Mental Illness. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2007. 60+. Print.
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