“At the root of this dilemma is the way that we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it’s still an illness and there should be no distinction,” Michelle Obama proclaimed (Holmes). On average, one in every four adults faces a mental illness every year and one in seventeen adults lives with a serious mental illness. It is vital for mental wellness to be treated just as seriously as physical wellness. The stigma on treatment of mental illness prompts many people to avoid seeking help when they need it.
1. INTRODUCTION The purpose of this paper is the essential role of a mental health nurse in advocating increase of awareness of stigmatization of individuals with mental health illness among the health care professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 2006). Mental illnesses are characterized by modifications in thinking; mood or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with significant distress and impaired functioning over an extended period of time (World Health Organization, 2006).
Based on the reading for this week "The Americanization of Mental Illness" and the TedTalk "Depression: the disease of civilization": In my opinion the term “depression” is use nowadays to any situation in which a person feel stress or with pressure in their life. The industrialization of this term is changing how people see their problems in life. I have to agree with the fact that maybe depression would be less common if it had not been industrialized. Is turning to be a common term used even in our daily’s conversations without knowing what it really means.
Although mental illness has not always been a subject of social importance, it has always been an issue in America. In the early years of this country, mentally disabled people were considered morally unclean and were social outcasts. At this time in history there were not places for these people to go to any sort of treatment so they were cared for by their families. Since it was socially unacceptable to have a mental illness at the time, there were some cases where people lived in poorhouses or were sent to jail (Ozarin). The necessity to treat the mentally ill increased as America continued to grow and advance.
HSC should invest in me because I am dedicated to my education and understand the impact that education can have on my life. Since I began school at a young age, I have proven not only to be dedicated to my education, but to extracurricular activities and community service as well. For several years now, I have struggled with anxiety and depression. Anxiety disorders affect about 30% of girls in the United States. Anxiety and depression can cause insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and loss of pleasure in hobbies and activities.
The DSM (IV-TR) identifies depressive symptoms as having a depressed mood most of the day, diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities, significant unintentional weight loss or gain, insomnia or sleeping too much, agitation or psychomotor retardation noticed by others, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide (Carson. R et al, 2008). The DSM- IV (1994) also states that, culture can influence depressive symptoms e.g. in many Asian countries, depression is often manifested through complaints of weakness, tiredness or imbalance, rather than feelings of guilt, difficulty concentrating etc. This then
Like all form of disparities, mental health disparities is a serious challenge for minorities’ communities across America. Individuals with mental health illness how do not receive adequate health care due to variations can be affected in many ways. When their mental illness progress without any diagnosis they can easily be perceived as a threat to society. In cases where crimes are committed, and they cannot prove they are mentally challenged they can be charge and send to prison without being diagnosed which could affect their condition due to the lack of treatment. Without eradicating or implementing policies to deal with mental health disparities the probability of legally or morally assuming that people with mental health challenges are
Homework week six by : Mfrah Alanazi Date : 06-23-2016 Long-Term Care and Mental Health Services 1) More than three-fourths of the elderly needing assistance is cared for by family members, many of whom work outside the home. What implications does this have for employers?
Mental Health is a tough topic to talk about but for the African American Community; the concept of mental illness or overall mental health is swept up under the rug. The African American community is not informed and misunderstands mental health and illnesses, but why? In other communities of people mental health and all of its aspects are accepted but for my community of people it's something that is not openly discussed and looked down upon. According to mentalhealth.gov, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
Mental health is an ongoing concern to many Canadians. One of the largest issues around mental health revolves around society’s pressures of being able to sustain a socially acceptable lifestyle. Which are all dependant on the individual’s career, the role that the individual plays in the community, how independent and stable an individual is. Although many Canadians are reluctant to admit to suffering from mental health-related issues, mental health is becoming an increasingly relevant issue. When it comes to mental, all aspects of an individual’s life are impacted, such as relationships with others, personal factors, and ability to work.