The Stigma of Mental Illness

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Webster’s dictionary defines a stigma as a mark of social disgrace. The stigmas surrounding mental illness have, for many years, stifled peoples interests in learning about the disorders people must live with. Mental illness has been around as long as people have been around. Times have changed and people have become more educated. The advancements towards understanding mental illnesses have introduced a whole new series of problems and solutions. Mental disorders are now classified and symptoms are more easily diagnosed. Mental illness is starting to be seen in younger and younger people. Doctors and psychiatric nurses alike will agree that children are being diagnosed younger and younger, but the good thing about this is now symptoms are being better understood and new treatments are introduced every day. Mental illness stems from organic and inorganic causes. Organic illnesses are either inherited or developed. For instance, Bipolar Disorder is normally developed between the ages of 14 to 21, but now doctors are even finding it in kids as young as 4. Inorganic caused mental illnesses are those illnesses and disorders caused from things like drug overdose and alcoholic intoxication. Disorders can be helped with the correct use of medication. If medication doesn’t help there are things like Psychotherapy and Electroconvulsive Therapy. Electroconvulsive Therapy is generally used as a last resort solution to major disorders like Bipolar 2 and severe cases of Schizophrenia. Mental disorders are identified in several different classes, a few of these classes are; Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic Disorders and Development Disorders. The disorder that is most commonly found in children is Development Disorde... ... middle of paper ... ... ETC is used only as a last result because it can cause permanent epilepsy, memory loss, vomiting reduced motor skills and in some severe cases, death. Hospitalization is vital when a person can no longer take care of themselves or threaten to hurt themselves and or others. Psychiatric hospitalization includes 24 hour inpatient care, and partial, day or residential hospitalization. Works Cited Allen, Thomas E., Mayer C. Liebman, Lee Park, and William Wimmer. A Primer on Mental Disorders. Lanham: Scarecrow Press inc., 2001. Symptoms of Mania. 1 March. 2010. 2010 Health Grades inc., http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com Mental Illness. 4 September. 2008. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. http://mayoclinic.com Hicks, James W. Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

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