Handicapped Woman In Social Work

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the rights and privileges of mentally handicapped persons, especially in the field of work. It discusses how mentally handicapped people can work for the benefit of the community. It also explains the behavior of each mental illness and how it affects the movement and efficiency of a person diagnosed with it.
Getting and securing a job nowadays is very hard, let alone mentally handicapped people. So this paper is going to tackle the pros and cons of letting a mentally handicapped person work based on extensive scientific and medical study. Social work is such profession that requires self-reflection from experiences to find deficiency or misuse of several factors, including knowledge, skills, values,
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Mental illness refers to a wide variety of disorders, ranging from those that cause mild distress to those that impair a person’s ability to function in daily life. Many have tried to figure out the reasons for mental illnesses. All of these reasons have been looked at and thought of for thousands of years. The biological perspective views mental illness as a bodily process. Whereas the psychological perspectives think the role of a person’s upbringing and environment are causes for mental illnesses. Researchers estimate that about 24 percent of people over eighteen in the United States suffer from some sort of common mental illness, such as depression and phobias. Younger people also suffer from mental illnesses the same way that adults do. 14 to 20 percent of individuals under the age of eighteen suffer from a case of mental illness. Studies show that 9 to 13 percent of children between the ages of nine and seventeen suffer from a serious emotional disturbances that disrupts the child’s daily life. Major depression is a severe…show more content…
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2. be in a steady, long-term relationship
3. live in decent housing
4. be socially included in mainstream society.
This is because society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people. Many people believe that people with mental ill health are violent and dangerous, when in fact they are more at risk of being attacked or harming themselves than harming other people.
Stigma and discrimination can also worsen someone's mental health problems, and delay or impede their getting help and treatment, and their recovery. Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness.

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The situation is exacerbated by the media. Media reports often link mental illness with violence, or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives.
Research shows that the best way to challenge these stereotypes is through firsthand contact with people with experience of mental health problems. A number of national and local campaigns are trying to change public attitudes to mental illness. These include the national voluntary sector campaign Time to

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