It is estimated that 26.2 percent of the American Populati... ... middle of paper ... ...n it already is. Many jails and prisons do not have the funds to supply the inmates with treatment for their mental illness, and what little they do have barely causes a dent in the problem. Many who need medication cannot afford it. It is unfair and should be brought to state’s attention to get help for these people. They get raped or they get bribed with things they want like coffee or snacks.
This leading many to call United States prison “mental asylums”. This problem I believe stems from the fact that there is an abundant amount of local jails and prisons to number of asylums that we have. Being mentally ill has proven to being a major contributor to the amount of people being homeless. “As states continue to close down psychiatric facilities, there will be an increasing number of individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless” Many homeless people in the United States don’t know of a safe and legal place to sleep leaving many of them getting fined with fees in which they cannot pay or even getting arrested. Those who may be homeless due to their mental illness are not in the streets because they choose to be, most of the time they have no other option.
An average of 276,000 youngsters between the ages 15-25 years tries to kill themselves every year; 5000 succeed. The most common causes? Stress, bullying, failed relationships, abuse, and failures at studies. Teenage suicide is wrong, it indicates how ruthless today’s society is, and it proves that sometimes, teenagers feel like they can’t be understood or accepted, that they don’t have an adult or close friend to consult to. Teenage suicide is truly sad, to even think that someone feels the absolute need to end their life because there seems to be no other answer, when in fact, there really is.
AIDS constitutes one major health problem in prisons today. According to Lynn Goodnight, rape is a potential effect of overcrowding (56). Inmates that don’t practice safe sex cost the penal system millions a year in doctor bills. The grim reality of sexual relations between inmates brings forth problems. Inmates that have sex with each other often transmit diseases that turn many prison sentences into death sentences.
More specifically, “Inmates in solitary, for example, have been found to engage in self-mutilation at rates that are higher than the general prison population. Prisoners in solitary confinement accounted for nearly half of all suicides” (Breslow) solitary confinement not only endangers the prisoner and makes the prisoners more unpredictable than before, being alone for such a long period of time away from any human contact drives the prisoner absolutely insane to the point in which mutilation is possible. Cases have been made in which prisoners have been so psychologically damaged by solitary confinement that the prisoner is not in the correct state of mind and decides to mutilate themselves. The problems created by solitary confinement outweigh the benefits because prisoners because more much more unpredictable and menacing toward others due to the fact that they will start hallucinating because of the psychological effects created by the solitary
Erving Goffman (1961) says, “upon release from the hospital, an individual’s social position on the outside will never again be quite what it was prior to entrance, because the total institution bestows an unfavorable status” (p. 72). One of the problems affecting people with mental illness is “Social Distancing,” as described by Michael Friedman (2014) as “whereby people with mental issues are more isolated from others.” The stigma of mental illness is making us sicker, creating lack of opportunities for help and for social engagement. According to the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
The issue of executing mentally ill criminals has been widely debated among the public. They debate on whether it is right or wrong to execute a person who does not possess the capacity to think correctly. The mental illness is a disease that destroys a person’s memory, emotion, and prevent one or more function of the mind running properly. The disease affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves and relates to others.When a person is severely mentally ill, his/ her ability to appreciate reality lack so they aspire to do stuff that is meaningless. The sickness is triggered by an amalgamation of genetic, and environmental factors not a personal imperfection.
Jon De Morales, director of California 's Atascadero State Hospital, said, "There are criminals who happen to exhibit symptoms of a mental disorder, [and] there are mentally ill people who happen to have committed crimes. They all end up in the same place". Today thousands of individuals are unable to pursue a life after treatment due to society 's views on mental illness. Our society is unaware by the troubling facts about mental illness and are incapable to accept individuals who are mentally ill and committed crimes due to their disorder. Therefore, with certain treatment options in psychiatric hospitals will help ensure proper care so these individuals can be released into society without harming others.
Kenneth Bianchi, a man who has murdered many women, now claims that he has Multiple Personality Disorder. Can we possibly decide that it is reasonable to convict an individual of a crime if that individual suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder? This psychological malady, known as Multiple Personality Disorder, or sometimes as Multiple Dissociative Identity, is a mental illness in which a person develops two or more distinct identities that control the patient’s behavior. If an aberrant personality takes over, the individual no longer has control over one’s actions. The cause of this disorder is unknown; however, 97% of the patients with this disorder have been abused during childhood.
Stigma is a barrier for treatment and is harmful to society, as well as being a sign of a toxic community. The biggest obstacle in the goal to eradicate mental health stigma is that many people aren’t aware of what a mental disorders are, and how commonly they occur. Many people associate people with mental illness (also called psychological disorders) as “crazy” or “insane”. However, these disorders can be as simple as attention and hyperactivity problems (ADHD), stress disorders, and depression. 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.