Interaction of Human Culture and the Environment In the mid 1970's and early 1980's, the field of clinical psychology underwent a revolution with the emergence of family therapy. Therapists initially understood disorders as being the result of a linear chain of causality. For instance, one theory of schizophrenia held that the disorder resulted from exposure to a certain pattern of behavior on the part of the patient's mother. Mothers of schizophrenics were often found to be particularly cold, unresponsive, dominant, and conflict-inducing towards their children. Researchers argued that such "schizophrenogenic" behavior was the direct cause of the disorder.
Because of this issue the way MSBP is dealt with once discovered is extremely complicated. Although Munchhausen’s by Proxy is a form of child abuse, modern psychological research indicates that it should be treated as a clinical factitious disorder through medications and talk therapy because it is has been found that mere prison time does not prevent future episodes of the disease. Munchhausen’s by proxy was first recognized as a mental illness in late seventies by Doctor and Pediatrician Roy Meadow. (Fish, Bromfield, and Higgins). It is general seen in mothers who are victims of abuse themselves.
Perceptions of mental health have changed dramatically since the 1800s and will continue to advance as more is learned about the human mind. Significant advancements have been made in this field, but there is still much room for progress to be made as more is learned. From barbaric assumptions about the mentally ill in the 1800s, to what is now known about mental illness and the human brain, these accomplishments can definitely be described as “one giant leap for mankind.”
Some common mental illnesses include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. These diseases and disorders can affect multiple parts of a person’s personality and change a person’s mental capacity. Some of the main causes of mental illness are genetic, traumatic, and environmental. Genetic mental illness is contained in a person’s genetics and travels through genes. This mental illness travels from parents to children.
Next comes the full-fledged depression which in some cases is followed by self-mutilation or suicide attempts. Anti-depressant medication and psychoanalysis commonly follow. It has been found that there are some outside sources that may influence depression in a person that would not seem to have any link whatsoever to the condition. Regardless, depression is an affliction that has been around for ages, and unless revolutionary findings are made, it can be inferred that it will be an infirmity that will plague people for time to come as well. Problem A major culprit behind the concept of self-loathing is today’s media influence on the American populace.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or MSBP is a rare form of child abuse. It consists of a parent fabricating the illness of their child in order to receive medication and attention from medical care professionals. MSBP is one of the biggest overlooked “illnesses” because it is hard to accuse a perpetrator with it. MSBP is hard to diagnose and accuse a person of because medical files are confidential and take some time to allow to be seen by the justice system. It can lead to serious health problems and even death of the child victim involved with the fabrication.
Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a rare type of disorder. It primarily affects the caregiver who in most cases is the mother. As such, the caregiver may fake illness for a child to get medical attention. As health care strives to know what causes the child 's symptoms, the deliberate action of the caregiver or mother could worsen the situation. In the recent years, many people have been diagnosed with this syndrome and it is associated with various reasons (Fisher, 2006).
The actual causal factors are still not yet clear; there has been some suggestion that genetics could be a causal factor. There has been a major concern about this argument regarding the parents’ “responsibility” in causing the condition (Craig, Kwame, & Paul, 2008). Consequently, various families of those who suffer from psychosis have been blamed, stigmatized, negatively labeled and thus, have been left feeling hurt (Craig, Kwame, & Paul, 2008). Psychosis can also result into pervasive changes in the individual and... ... middle of paper ... ...ation. Works Cited Craig, M., Kwame, M., & Paul, F. (2008).
Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. The stigma around Mental Illness has existed for as long as Mental Illness has been considered part of our lives. One in four people between the ages of 15-20 will experience some kind of Mental Illness, however only one out of four of those people will seek out and get the help that they desperately need. This suggests that there must be a reason that the other 75% of people do not get help. I think that the reason behind this is the negative stigma that corresponds with Mental Illness.
Fear becomes understandable with reason. Parents need reasons for their fears. I imagine that one of the worst feelings for a parent is that their child is born with a mental or physical defect or disease. I’m sure that feelings of guilt begin to emerge and assuming that the parent did everything right, parents begin to search for answers as to why their child was born this way. As discussed in The Panic Virus, parents have become