Mental health is defined, according to the Oxford Dictionary, as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. The idea of mental health is constantly subject to changes based on social values and beliefs of individual responsibility. Perceptions of the topic change more than any other category of clinically recognized issues. Many people believe mental illnesses are not as severe as individuals claim and can be fixed by just a change of mindset, forcing people affected to adapt without guidance or aid. Society cannot fully grasp what mental health and related illnesses are and the degree of their effects on the day to day life of individuals, which is why people affected face many stigmas.
While the symptoms aren’t life threatening, they remain unpleasant to control and many feel so overwhelmed, this can lead to patient’s use of substances and occasionally suicide. Though the cause of this disorder remains unknown, the main source of GAD comes from the brain. Genetics, Brain chemistry, and environmental factors are believed to be the main causes of onset of GAD. “Trauma and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools, may lead to GAD”(WebMD: Anxiety & Panic Disorders Health Center, 2012, p.2). The neurotransmitters tell the brain how to feel and react.
The symptom is out of my conscious control and has become hysterical. Hysterical symptoms always serve to get us out of som... ... middle of paper ... ...ers, neurosis and psychosis, may appear small but they can help in the diagnoses and treatment of patients. It can be very difficult to treat a patient when the cause of their illness is unknown or when the illness itself is difficult to understand. It is for this reason that mental health professionals need to categorise mental disorders as clearly and concisely as possible. The DSM-III dropped the entries of neurosis and psychosis and split them down into subdivisions to try to enable better diagnosis but there is still confusion as to the differences between neurosis and psychosis.
Although symptoms and diagnosis of mental illnesses are fairly well known and classified into separate afflictions, the causes are less understood. In many ways the cause of mental illness boils down to a debate of nurture vs. nature: whether... ... middle of paper ... ...d that is the saddest fact of all. Ideally, our society should be there to help those with mental illnesses. We should treat these people with the same respect and dignity that we would treat any other person. The article makes a point of telling us that we should start to see these people the same way we would see someone with a different physical affliction, like a broken leg, or measles.
There are of course more serious issues like bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, but even those can be handled with proper methods of medication and therapeutic assistance. These disorders can also vary in intensity, doctors will often use words like extreme, or mild to identify the effect of the disorder on the person. Also, more often than not, people’s experiences with these disorders vary. Mental Illness has been identified a long... ... middle of paper ... ...s and poor physical health, in order for that to change, we need to tackle mental health issues, and eliminating stigma is the first step towards this goal. Even if you don’t suffer from stigma, it can have a large indirect impact on your life.
The individual may then seek treatment with ease, as their mentality will shift from a completely negative perception of themselves to an awareness that demonstrates they are getting better. Having a vast interest in both clinical psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been a topic of interest of mine. This paper will explain the criteria of diagnosing the disorder, risk factors, treatment options, financial hardships, suicide, and the various resources available to individuals with this disorder. Though we tend to view individuals with a mental illness only in regards to their mental health, there is a wide range of factors that affect the individual’s overall wellness, as the mind and the body are greatly dependent on one another. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can turn into a very chronic condition that can immensely affect the daily lives of individual.
In some occasions follow the same patterns and treatment, but they can have different results. Human beings are complex. Even though people have same symptoms, they need different treatments because they have different reactions. It is important to distinguish what is mental health and mental illness. Mental health according to CDC is “…a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” While mental illness is define as “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.” When we experiment a good mental health, we have flexibility in our lives, sense social of wellbeing, productive behavior , clear thinking, sense of belonging, resilience to stress, empathy, stable relationship, respect for self and others, we are optimism, and spirituality , that is not mean religion.
Mental health i is a complex and serious issue that is seldom approached holistically. People deserve the chance to heal their bodies and minds. There is a considerable amount of research that shows a correlation between nutrition and mental health. Mental health treatment should include diet change, exercise and supplements for every patient. The definition of metal illness according to medicine.net is “any disease or condition that influences the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings.”(medicine.net) Mental illness can be hereditary, biological or stem from a psychological trauma or stress from a persons environment.
“In spite of advances in the understanding of its causes, course treatment, schizophrenia continues to confound both health professionals and the public” (Grohol). Hence why this is a bio ethical issue, health professionals themselves are still trying to figure out treatments for severe mental illnesses. Mental illness is a health issue, doctors such as psychiatrists are in need to treat patients and inform the public of the dangers. The article goes on to say “It is easier for the average person to cope with the idea of cancer than it is to understand the odd behavior, hallucinations or strange ideas of the person with schizophrenia” (Grohol). This is one of the main reasons why mentally ill people aren’t being treated as human beings, the public doesn’t really know what to make of them.
As one can gather from the example of Elisabeth Von R., one reason psychoanalysis is complex is that each case is unique to the individual, so there is not a step-by-step procedure that works for everyone. Even though Freud consistently uses his general strategy of peeling away layers of consciousness, his method of removing those layers varies case to case. For example, hypnosis does not work on Von R., but pressing her head does. Another source of complexity is that sometimes a hysterical symptom does not show up right after the traumatic event but when the patient has a memory of the trauma (169), which can make it difficult to pinpoint the cause of hysteria, as was the case with Von R. The first time she faced conflict between her own enjoyment and her father’s, she experienced no pain. One last challenging aspect of psychoanalysis is that most often hysterics suffer from not just a single trauma but multiple similar ones (173).