Re-institutionalization of a deinstitutionalized nation: Mental Illness

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The fight for improved health care for those with mental illness has been an ongoing and important struggle for advocates in the United States who are aware of the difficulties faced by the mentally ill and those who take care of them. People unfortunate enough to be inflicted with the burden of having a severe mental illness experience dramatic changes in their behavior and go through psychotic episodes severe enough to the point where they are a burden to not only themselves but also to people in their society. Mental institutions are equipped to provide specialized treatment and rehabilitative services to severely mentally ill patients, with the help of these institutions the mentally ill are able to get the care needed for them to control their illness and be rehabilitated to the point where they can become a functional part of our society. Deinstitutionalization has led to the closing down and reduction of mental institutions, which means the thousands of patients who relied on these mental institutions have now been thrown out into society on their own without any support system to help them treat their mental illness. Years after the beginning of deinstitutionalization and after observing the numerous effects of deinstitutionalization it has become very obvious as to why our nation needs to be re-institutionalized. Deinstitutionalization started off as something that may have seemed honorable and sensible to those in our society back in the 1900’s as it seems like it was started in the sole interest of those who were mentally ill. Some of the most common reasons as to why deinstitutionalization was started are because the government wanted to put to stop the unethical treatment of the mentally ill who were often packed int... ... middle of paper ... ...Increasing." Mental Illness Policy Org, 2011. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Flory, Curtis and Marie Rose. "Half a Million Liberated from Institutions to Community Settings without Provision for Long-term Care." Mental Illness Policy Org, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Gabris, Jada. "Assessing the Affects of the Deinstitutionalization Movement." Worldissues360, 03 Feb. 2008. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Boughton, Barbara. "Substance Abuse Rife Among Homeless With Mental Illness." Medscape Medical News. Medscape, 04 Nov. 2011. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Cramer, Clayton. "Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder." The Federalist Society, 17 May 2012. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. "Deinstitutionalization: A Psychiatric "titanic"" PBS. WGBH Educational Foundation, 10 May 2005. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Pan, Deanna. "TIMELINE: Deinstitutionalization And Its Consequences." Mother Jones. N.p., 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.

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