Although some people believe the guns are the issue and that we need more gun control, I believe we need more psychological help because mental health is worsening and access to care is getting more difficult, we should be rethinking the Baker Act, defining mental health and obtaining weapons. Studies show that mental health is worsening and the access to care is getting more and more limited. “For the past 20 years, studies have consistently estimated that almost half of all individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are receiving no treatment for their mental illness at any given time. According to recent estimates of NIMH, this means that approximately 3.5 million such individuals are receiving no treatment,” says Mental Illness Policy Org. Many people don’t get treatment for many different reasons, some people are
The Power of Addiction: Society’s Lack of Alcoholism Recognition Society has taken a blind eye to the extent of how alcohol affects the lives of many people, in fact, nearly eighty-eight thousand Americans die of alcohol related deaths every year (Social Effects of Alcoholism). Have it be noted that even though alcohol in controlled amounts can be safe and pleasurable, excessive intake of it can cause addiction, or more specifically, alcoholism. Particularly, alcoholism can be traced to the roots of many issues in society, such as drunk-driving, physical and sexual abuse, medical problems, et cetera. There is no shadow of a doubt that alcoholism is a highly complex and controversial issue that is often overlooked, which often increases the
It was found in Holman and Ziedenberg research that in an Oregon detention facility that after a week in the facility, 24 percent of juveniles had suicide ideation and that 34 percent were suffering from a clinical level of depression. This is major especially for a place that is meant to rehabilitate individuals to become productive members of
Date rape occurs with a prevalence of one in every four victims who were either actually raped and those that are considered attempted rapes. Eighty-four percent of those women raped knew their attacker and fifty-seven of them admitted to the rape occurring while they were on their date. Almost one and twelve male students who have committed acts of rape that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape admitted to doing so (Anonymous, 1878-2013). Violence is something that comes with multiple complications emotionally, spiritually, nutritionally, and
Besides detainees being directly affected by overcrowded prison, it has an adverse effect on society, due to detainees being victim of recidivism. As agreed by United States Sentencing Commission (2016), “nearly half (49.3%) of such offenders were rearrested within eight years for either a new crime or for some other violation of the condition of their probation or release conditions”. The study additionally states that “almost one-third (31.7%) of the offenders were also reconvicted, and one-quarter (24.6%) of the offenders were reincarcerated over the same study period”. This to imply that society is surrounded by former law-breaker who never got a chance to change their sinful habits. Some of the victim of recidivism, according to United States Sentencing Commission
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism seems like an issue that keeps getting increasingly worse each year in the United States. According to USA Today and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both say that approximately 6 people die from alcohol poisoning, caused from binge drinking, each day, which amounts to roughly 2,200 people each year. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that “In 2013 an estimated 697,000 adolescents ages 12–17 (2.8 percent of this age group) had an [alcohol use disorder]” (“Alcohol Facts”). Something has to stop and something has to change from preventing this more because 6 people dying each day from binge drinking alone is a lot, not to mention that 12-17 year olds are having alcohol problems at such a young age. Lowering the drinking age will enforce this act even more, promoting more drinking in fact.
9) DISCUSSIONS Epidemiology and prevalence Depression is common mental disorder throughout the world. According to National Institute of Mental Health, it is a prevailing yet serious illness that we can never ignore. World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people living with depression and it causes global dysfunction. In Malaysia, depression is one of the common mental illness influencing approximately 2.3 million citizens at some points in their lives, still this illness remains untreated and undetected (Mukhtar & Oei, 2011a; 2011b). It is estimated that 8 to 12 per cent of the people in Malaysia has depression, by Ng CG et al in year 2014.
The American Psychological Association states, “Stress levels are high, with 42 percent of adults indicating their stress worsened in the past year. A total of 24 percent said they had an extreme level of stress (8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale) over the past month, and 51 percent report moderate stress levels.” They also say, “Among parents of 8- to 17-year-olds, mothers reported higher levels of stress than fathers. On a scale of 1 to 10 , 15 percent of moms rated their stress as a 10.” When a child is at the state of being a minor, parents stress levels begin to increase.
The nation’s jails and prisons are used as dumping grounds for people with mental illnesses (How Many Individuals with Serious Mental Illness are in Jails and Prisons?). Many people who are sent to prison instead of being sent to psychiatric hospitals are more likely to die while in prison
The Government needs to provide more jobs and may extend the unemployment insurance period for those who are close to or have surpass their ninety-nine week benefits. As a result, this will aid those who are unemployed and is searching for a job. With the help of every citizen, homelessness can be dealt with and better living conditions can emerge for everyone living in
A two-year study conducted in Seattle, 819 female victims of sexual assault, were interviewed about their history of psychiatric disorders. The study found that over 10% of these women diagnosed schizophrenia disorders, and an additional 6 percent diagnosed with bipolar disorder or severe depression, were more likely to have been sexually assaulted by a stranger, attacked by multiple assailants, and severely injured during the attacks. These same women were also more likely to have been homeless or to have spent time in jail than those without mental illness. The author concluded that “sexual assaults in women with a major psychiatric diagnosis are common” and “more violent” compared to women without such diagnoses (Eckert, 2002). In Baltimore, data on physical and sexual abuse collected for one year
In eleven states, at least 1 in 20 black adults are in prison. Research shows that prosecutors are twice as likely to pursue a mandatory minimum sentence for black people as for white people charged with the same crime. One in nine black children and one in 38 Latino children have an incarcerated parent, compared to one in 57 white children.
The fact that Alabama sits at the top of the list intensifies demand for our program. The abundance of people on opioid medications for pain management in Alabama is a harsh reality. Education is of paramount importance when dealing with opioid medications. Many people can become addicted and even lead to an overdose without proper counseling and education on these medications that have high tendencies for addiction. In 2015, 736 people died of drug overdoses in Alabama, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 3.3 percent increase over the previous year.
For instance, one study used approximately 2,100 disturbance call reports over sixty months that involved people with a serious mental illness. This study found that when police responded to the disturbance calls, they transported individuals to treatment seventy-seven percent of the time (1690), while not transporting individuals for treatment about seventeen percent of the time (366). Only 118 individuals were transported to jail. Of those disturbance calls, thirty-nine percent (848) were reported as a suspect with a mental illness or almost twenty-seven percent as potential suicide calls
Psychotropic medication for mental illnesses can be very controversial topic, especially medication for mental illness that could be treated non-medically, such as depression, anger, and anxiety. This topic is even more controversial for children and teenagers who suffer from these mental illnesses. Between the years 1985 to 1994, the number of children and teenagers on psychotropic medications grew from 5.1 percent to 6.5 percent. In 2003, over 11 percent of American children and teenagers. In Florida, 1 in every 10 minors who are in State’s custody is on a psychotropic medication in 2005 (Talmadge, 2006).