Low birthweight babies are at greater risk of blindness, deafness, brain damage, and even death”(Hyde 56). Taking this into consideration, homeless children’s academic performance is hindered because of their poor cognitive development and the circumstances of their homelessness, including constant mobility. Math, reading, spelling, and vocabulary tests are the tests that homeless children most often struggle to succeed on and likely result in being held back a year in school(Hart-Shegos 3). This can be seen in Dicey’s Song through Maybeth’s character and the difficulty she has to prosper in school. Maybeth continually struggles to learn to read and
When Leonce tells her that her child has a fever, she thinks that the child is fine. He told her that he was annoyed with her inattention, and neglect of their children. After that, Edna goes into the children’s room to check on them. Edna goes back to her room and then begins to cry. Edna felt
A lot of people commonly consider it the end to a pregnancy, but for some women it is just the beginning of something extremely dreadful. According to the Encyclopedia of Human Development, “postpartum depression is depression in mothers that occurs following the birth of their child” (1010). It is most common for mothers to develop it immediately following the birth, but it can be developed a few months after the birth of the child (Salkind, 1010). Either way, it can hit extremely hard and the excitement of having a child is ripped from the mind of the mother, only to be replaced by dark thoughts, depression, anxiety, etc. The length of postpartum depression varies though, based on which type you have and the severity of it.
Other research also showed that the depression inflicted by parental rejection can also affect the next generation. Another study examined the multigenerational effect of parental rejection and its connection to depression. By questioning a sample of 451 two-parent families of their family life, they had found that women who had experienced parental rejection from their own mothers became depressed, which caused them to rejecting their own offspring as
al., 2005). It was brought into light that racial bias is inversely associated with the mental health status. The study showed that more than half of the people surveyed had experienced racial discrimination, which in turn caused them to experience psychological distress (Jackson et. al., 2005). It also talked about how discrimination is associated with negative physical health outcomes such as hypertension like discussed earlier in the paper.
Untreated mental illness is dangerous and over time we have learned that locking people with a mental illness is not the solution but makes it worse. People with untreated mental illness face many consequences. “People with untreated psychiatric illnesses comprise 250,000 people, of the total homeless population” (mentalillnesspolicy.org). The quality of life for these individuals is extremely heart breaking, and many are victimized regularly.
Women Living with Mental Illness and Homelessness-Stigma and Victimization • Serious mental illnesses are common among the homeless population as estimates indicate that more than 25 percent of homeless in the United States live with a mental illness (Bonugli, Escandon, & Lesser, 2013). • According to Deering, Duff, and Gibson (2011) the lifetime prevalence of homelessness in women was 88 percent, with majority women sleeping on the streets starting at age 17. • Rates of a mental illness among women are higher than that of men even though there is estimated to be more homeless men than women (Bonugli et al., 2013; Deering et al., 2011). • Among homeless women living with a mental illness, lifestyle, gender, high-risk behaviors, and exposure to stressful life events are risk factors associated with susceptibility. For women who live with this stigma, the risks of
The difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women’s life expectancy is an average of 6 years which may be a result of the prevalence of smoking, heavy drinking, and high mortality rates (partly due to suicides) in these communities (Kermode-Scott). Overall, it is clear to see through the life expectancy disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women
Statistically, African American women in the United States suffer from complications or death 243 percent more than white women during maternity. This is a common occurrence that many women and children face, but shouldn’t have too. Rebecca Skloots book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is an example of the inequality shown to African-American women in the medical world. Specifically, the unequal medical care Henrietta Lacks received, which many other black women experienced. In her book, Skloot suggests that African-American women suffer from psychological effects after receiving unequal medical care, do not receive equal medical treatment during maternity, and are more likely to die from maternal complications.
Guns on campus would lead to an increased number of suicide and mental health issues. “In a 2010 survey of students by the American College Health Association, 45.6 percent of students surveyed reported feeling that things were hopeless and 30.7 percent reported feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function during the past 12 months. While depression and anxiety consistently rank as the most common mental disorders treated at college counseling centers, an often overlooked but equally serious problem is the rising number of students struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, and self-injury.” (American Psychological
Over a third of women over the age of 15 have experienced physical, psychological and/or sexual violence at the hands of a current or former partner. Domestic violence is the number one reason why people present themselves to specialist homeless services, with 55% of female clients citing this reason (Homelessness Australia, 2012). These women are at risk of a shortage of affordable and available rental housing. If these women do leave the abuse it is harder for them to find and afford housing, this is due to them being the primary carer for the family and for this reason are more likely to be unemployed (Homelessness Australia, 2012). If women do leave there house to flee the abuse, housing and support options for this group of women are very
When massive amounts of black women are put into prisons with women who carry infectious diseases, it puts the well-being of women of color at risk (Freudenberg). Incarcerated black women face many health problems; research shows that compared to other underprivileged women, “they have higher rates of recent substance use problems, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health problems” (Freudenberg). In 2004, almost 73% of women in prisons had a mental health problem, or symptoms of a mental disorder, compared to 55% of incarcerated men (Incarcerated Women). These various health problems suffered by black women in prison are something they have to endure for the rest of their
Lupus is the fourth leading cause in disability for women. 38% of Lupus patient has been forced to stop working due to health complications from this disease. Patients spend roughly about $6,000 in treatments alone. It is unfortunate that this disease has taken a backseat when it comes to research priorities. Hopefully as time goes by, the attention towards gaining investment will increase before more of the population has to go through this disease that makes it unbearable for an individual to live their
But as many as one-fifth suffer from the more serious post-partum depression, which includes symptoms like despair and failing to eat or sleep. Post-natal psychosis is far rarer, affecting only about one in 1,000 women. Women with post-natal psychosis have delusions, frequently involving religious symbols and a desire to harm their newborn. The most common part of the psychosis is the delusional thinking. The risk of developing post-natal psychosis is 50% or higher for women with schizophrenia who are not taking medication.
population (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2016). Common mental health disorders that face this population include anxiety disorders, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and alcoholism. Also, Latina and Hispanic adolescent girls have high rates of suicide attempts. Without treatment, these conditions can worsen and become disabling and potentially life threatening. Even though Latino and Hispanic communities have similar susceptibility to mental health illnesses compared to the general population, the community is less likely to seek mental health care.