Psychiatry has been a science and study, of and for, the treatment of mental illness. Since the 1900s, a cultural and social stigma has solidified the fear of men and women who have been touched by the unpleasant management of the treatment of those with these illnesses. The way we teach the individuals how to cope with and care for the loved ones that have a mental illness, seems to have fallen short of the way we show those how to care for loved ones with diabetes or heart disease. The average person’s response when they are frightened by something in the twenty-first century is that all answers can now be found on the world wide web. Unfortunately, the web can be a source of misinformation, miscommunication, and all sorts of ludicrous opinions …show more content…
In the medical world, defining mental illness can be as equally diverse as an Olympic opening. Much negativity has gained in popularity and is not only directed towards the patient but also the psychiatrist and other mental health professionals who diagnose and then treat the many different issues that may come with these illnesses. How does one single issue bring together citizens, psychiatrists, and critics at a global level? And how does it tear them all apart, initiating verbal brawls over who is “right,” what is “real,” and if mental illness is not even real – is the stigma “all in our …show more content…
Nevertheless, by insisting “the business of psychiatry is control and coercion, not care and cure” or that it is “human activity governed by human interest” (Szasz 18-19), Szasz neglects to add to the solution. In turn, adding more confusion to the melting pot of stigma the public eye has to sort through while searching for answers. Furthermore, without physical proof of such acts of coercion or control by any person(s) or entity, Szasz is in turn, feeding careless propaganda to the public and the media as well as other professional and medical communities. In 1951, a humanistic psychologist by the name of Carl Rodgers, organized a few propositions that would later be a foundation in most cognitive therapies for the next few generations. Rodgers argues that: First, an organism has a basic striving to actualize, maintain, and enhance itself. Second, all persons are in the center of a continually changing world of experience (phenomenal field). Meaning the person’s perception of this field is his or her “reality.” Finally, as a result of interacting with the environment, the person develops a sense of self of self- concept, consisting of images and
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I was born in a small town of -----------of underdeveloped country of Bangladesh. I grew up speaking Bengali, wore traditional clothes, created intricate henna designs on women’s hands, and performed classical Bengali music. Since childhood, thought other than becoming a doctor never registered in my mind. My high grades in high school helped me to obtain admission in one of the most desirable place to learn Medicine, Mayemen Medical College.
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to diagnosing and treating various mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Although a well-known science, psychiatry and psychiatrists have often been ethically questioned on their “inhumane” methods, dating back to its origins in the 1700s. To the nurses, in varied psychiatric institutions, it was customary to employ the practices of confining, restraining and isolating people with mental problems. In “The Most Shocking Psychiatry Documentary Ever” (MSPDE) the barbaric practices that psychiatry has tried and developed over the years in blatantly revealed and validly proves the need for reconstructing assorted tactics used to cure mental patients around the world.
Schizophrenia is not a new mental disorder. Through written documents, it can be traced to the Pharaoh days in Egypt and even further back to the second millennium before Christ. The disease was first identified as a mental illness by German psychiatrist Dr. Emile Kraepelin in 1887. Kraepelin, identified by H.J. Eysenck's Encyclopedia of Psychology as the founder of modern scientific psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychiatric gene, was the first to make a distinction in the psychotic disorders between what he called dementia praecox and manic depression. He believed that dementia praecox was primarily a disease of the brain, and particularly a form of dementia. Kraepelin named the disorder 'dementia praecox' (early dementia) to distinguish it from other forms of dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease) which typically occur late in life. It wasn’t until 1911 when Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler, coined the term "schizophrenia". Bleuler changed the name to schizophrenia because Kraepelin's name was misleading as the illness was not a dementia (it did not always lead to mental deterioration) and could occur late in life as well as early. Schizophrenia" comes from the Greek roots schizo (split) and phrene (mind) to describe the fragmented thinking of people with the disorder. He was also the first to describe the symptoms of schizophrenia as "positive" or "negative." Both Bleuler and Kraepelin subdivided schizophrenia into categories, based on symptoms and prognosis. There are five types described in the DSM-III: disorganized, catatonic, paranoid, residual, and undifferentiated. The first three categories were originally proposed by Kraepelin. The DSM- III stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders whic...
Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder which causes people with this disorder to misinterpret reality. It is one of the top ten causes of long-term disability. Schizophrenia patients may hear voices that may not be there, they will believe that people are out to harm them, reading their minds, and controlling their thoughts. Because they have these feelings a person can become withdrawn and paranoid. The name schizophrenia leads us to believe that the illness causes a person to have a split personality. This was the old way of thinking about the illness, but it is not the case today. Although the causes of schizophrenia are still not determined data suggest that environmental, social, and genetic factors can play a part in developing the illness. People with schizophrenia develop this illness around the ages 16 and 30 years old. The illness does not develop quickly. Onset is gradual and subtle and usually takes places over a course of five years.
Schizophrenia is a devastating and costly mental disorder that affects 1% of population worldwide. Patients manifest clusters of positive, negative and cognitive symptoms in early twenties and are often left with life-long severe mental disability and social stigma. Cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia are considered core symptoms of this disorder, and can manifest at the initial stage (Elvevåg and Goldberg, 2000). Atypical antipsychotics ameliorate positive symptoms but may only modestly improve cognitive symptoms (Richelson, 2010). In addition to this, some of the typical antipsychotics are even have deteriorative effects on cognitive symptoms (Heaton and Crowley 1981). To find the appropriate treatments for cognitive deficits of schizophrenia, it is important to know the underlying pathophysiology.
With admittance to Indiana University I would be apt to pursue a degree in Neuroscience. This degree plan would fully prepare me for focusing my attention on admittance to graduate school to become a Psychiatrist. With a degree from such a prestigious medical school I would possess the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve this aspiration.
“People who are mentally ill are completely incompetent and are at fault for having the illness”, “The mentally ill are severely dangerous”, “Someone who has a mental illness is childlike and could no way hold down a job or take care of themselves”. These are just a few of the stereotypes and beliefs held by those who stigmatize people that suffer from a mental illness. The issue of stigmatization has become a factor that can severely affect the overall quality of life of those labeled with a mental disorder. This has led some to believe, particularly labeling theorists, that a psychiatric label does more harm than good. However, due to treatment such as psychotherapy and drug therapy available to those who receive a psychiatric diagnosis,
There are people in this world that have a problem understanding the difference between what is real and what is unreal. Most of us think that is just silly and childlike, but it is a reality for about 51 million Americans (Coon). These people suffer from schizophrenia, a psychosis characterized by delusions, hallucinations, apathy, and a “split” between thought and emotion (Coon). Schizophrenic suffers my show inappropriate emotions to certain situations. They laugh at the death of a loved one, or show no emotion also known as flat affect to news of happiness. To an onlooker they may appear to be crazy, rude or even mentally disturbed. Unfortunately schizophrenic suffers have to deal with these judgments, when they don’t understand why they are getting these reactions. Schizophrenia comes in more than one form. There is disorganized schizophrenia, Catatonic schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia and undifferentiated schizophrenia.
Mental health is a topic that most people find uncomfortable or difficult to understand. It’s one that contains a lot of controversy. Mental illness is a rising problem in the United States, yet there are groups of people who don’t even believe it’s a real issue. Additionally, mental illness isn’t taken as seriously in this country as other diseases. The legitimacy of the issue is left up to debate while millions of victims are left untreated and vulnerable. Stereotypes also have quite an effect on the issue. They have become such a staple in our society and stigma surrounding it has become quite negative. Those with mental illness are seen as broken, insane, damaged, etc. Many believe victims of mental illness are only doing it for attention.
I chose to be a psychiatrist for this career project. I chose to be a psychiatrist because I've always had an interest in the brain and mental health. It always baffles me how someone can be perfectly normal one day and then can be completely different the next day. I believe that this career is right for me because I would interact with new people every day, so my job would never bore me. It is extremely important to invest your time and energy into something you love to do. For example, for my upcoming research report, I chose Schizophrenia as my topic. I am looking forward to learning more about the disease and its side-effects on the people that have it. Psychiatrists have may difficult duties and responsibilities. They evaluate, diagnose and treat
As a child I have grown up with a history of mental illness in my family. My uncles, grandparents, and even my dad, currently have some sort of disorder. I also have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and it has affected me not only through my social life, but in my own personal health. Mental illness is something very frowned upon in our society, and I am upset since I grew up with it and see the obvious problems with it. There is always much stigma on how mental disease is not a “real” disease in some cultures, and I find this to a be a big injustice. This has fueled my passion in neurological and chemical disorders in people’s brains. Seeing my family and I in this state, I want to dedicate my profession in treating this type of problem through neurology or psychiatry.
Doward, J. (2013), Medicine's big new battleground: does mental illness really exist? The Observer 12 May.
In this review, there will only be research included that classifies depression as a mental disability among adults. In these studies, depression is handled as a illness that requires proper treatment to overcome. Besides the use of pharmaceutical drugs an alternative type of therapies, such as acupuncture, can be used to help suppress and resolve these taxing symptoms of depression. When looking at the criteria that would be used for this study, it was determined that only studies that contain Eastern acupuncture would be used. This includes the methods of cupping, heat lamp acupuncture, electrical stimulation and moxa. It was also determined that studies that focused on human trials would be allowed. This systematic review only includes CINAHL
Stigma is negative and unfair beliefs that are imposed on a group of people, which causes rejection, isolation, and fear (Abdullah & Brown, 2011, p. 936). People with mental illness have been stigmatized against for centuries and remains to be today despite of new awareness and knowledge around the topic (Arboleda-Flórez, 2003, p.645). Furthermore, individuals with mental illness face challenges avoiding stigma due to their debilitating condition (Arboleda-Flórez, 2003, p. 645).
The purpose of this would be to help raise awareness for mental health, education on how to deal with mental illnesses both interpersonally and intrapersonally, and to remove the stigmatization around mental illnesses. Throughout history mental illnesses has received a negative connotation closely tied to violence and currently this stigma is still relevant.