People with psychological disorders have been treated poorly throughout history. We now take a closer look to examine the past treatment and today's treatment of mental health illness.
Past treatment of mental health:
In medieval times (476 AD – 1492), the prevailing theory of psychopathology consisted of the idea that mental illness was the result of demonic procession by either an evil spirts (demons) or an evil god (e.g. witchcraft) mainly due to their beliefs which incorrectly credited individuals with psychological disorders as an inexplicable phenomenon. The most common dealing of these individuals was exoticism, that was conducted by priest; incantations and prayers overs the person’s body, whom may have received some medical drinks. More specifically regarding the treatment of extreme cases of those who was well-thought-out to be processed, was In medieval times (476 AD – 1492), the prevailing theory of psychopathology consisted of the idea that mental illness was the result of demonic procession by either an evil spirts (demons) or an evil god (e.g. witchcraft) mainly due to their beliefs which incorrectly credited individuals with psychological disorders as an inexplicable phenomenon. The most common dealing of these individuals was exoticism, that was conducted by priest; incantations and prayers overs the person’s body, whom may have received some medical drinks. More specifically regarding the treatment of extreme cases of those who was well-thought-out to be processed, was trepanning (a small hole made in the afflicted individual skull to release spirits from the body. However, most people treated in this manner died. Along with trepanning and exorcism, other practices entailed execution or imprisonment of people with psychological disorders while others were left to be homeless beggars. Overall, many individuals in the past who showed strange behaviors were critically misinterpreted and was the treatment they received were cruel and can now be considered as highly unethical.
In the late 17th century, a French physician named as Philippe Pinel argued for more human treatment of the mentally ill. By the 18th century, asylums were built with the sole purpose to house those that were mentally ill with the focus of keeping these mentally ill people in windowless dungeons. Like medieval times, mental illness individuals received little or no treatment and many of the treatments remain to be of a cruel nature (residents were beaten, chained to their beds and had little to no contract with their caregivers. It was suggested by Philippe that the residents were to be unchanged and communicated to, that what he done for patients in 1795 at La Salpêtrière in Paris in 1795. As a result, patients benefited from this further humane treatment, that resulted in many who were able to leave the hospital.
In the 19th century, Dorothea Dix led reform efforts for mental health care within America. She examined in which the manner the mentally ill and poor were cared for. In her findings, she found an underfunded and unregulated system that perpetuated abuse of this population. For instance, at Willard Psychiatric Center in upstate New York, one treatment for people with mental health illness was to submerge them in freezing cold baths for long period of time. This is not health conscious at all. Similar, Electroshock treatment was used and it often broke people backs. Moreover, in 1943, Willard Psychiatric Center administered an astonishing 1,443 shock treatments. Consequently, Dix lobby various state legislatures and the U.S. congress for change. By 1960s, the deinstitutionalisation movement gained support and asylums were closed, which allow people with mental health illness to return home and have treatment in their own communities. However, many became homeless mainly because of the lack of resources and support mechanisms.
Day-day struggles of those initially experiencing mental health illness in today world
Times goes on and ones find themselves with deserted unwashed pots, laundry, and if you are lucky enough, you may come home after a long day, only to discover that you are wearing a pair of odd shoes.
Deserted unwashed pots, laundry and missing shoes are all possessions that one should never shed tears over or let them bother oneself. As long you have a legit excuse. Embrace the chaos. Hire a personal cleaner. At the end of the day nobody cares who cleans up your mess if your head is not in the right place.
At the end of the day, just remember,
Present-day attitudes and stereotypes towards mental ill people
Up to the present time, research proposes that most people still embrace arrogance and carry negative stereotypes against those with mental illness. From the beginning of childhood to throughout adulthood, there is strong observation evidence that people or groups perceive others as “weird” or “crazy”. Furthermore, these negative perceptions can be suggested to be powered by media stories, which depiction violent perpetrators as “mentally ill” deprived of considering the extensive mental illness. It remains to be seen that people of today world still have similar beliefs and hold the very same stereotypes as those in the past describing one with mental illness as “weird or crazy”. In fact, the attitudes appear, when one has the impression that an individual has mental illness is dangerous. As a result, fear and enhance social distance is the outcome resulting in social isolation on people with mental illness. Consequently, this stigma relates to social rejection, loneliness and stigma can have critical effects on one’s mental and physical health.
Mental Illness and its affects it has on an individual
In a world with such happiness, there are many people getting swallowed up into the dark hole, which is described as mental health. Mental health manifests itself & can harm harmful effects on ones emotionally, physically, and mentally states. Regarding any discussion about ones experience an of unfortunate incident, our natural intents tend to respond with typically, in truth, “I`m grand”, isn`t it? “Sure it`s grand”. Without admitting it or realising it, we may be silently dying inside. The beliefs that the wounds will self-heal over time, but mental health doesn’t tend to heal like a in the same manner (time) as a broken bone. In truth, dealing with an unfortunate incident is never as straight forward to move on from. Unexpectedly, as weeks passes by, then before we know it, several months had passed by. Suddenly ones may feel anxious (emotional) all for most of the time.
Perhaps, one may physically feel lost in their own skin, and lost the love for the things they used to love doing. In disparity, one trend to spend most of my time worrying about others. This can be categorised as mentally (mood – depression and an anxiety disorder).
Negative influence of social media on one’s mental health
Among today’s generation, social media is getting ever so popular. Although, spending time on social media can have an undesirable effect on one’s mental health or, at a minimum can give one anger. Instagram, Snap-chat and Facebook, which are commonly filled with posts of your mate’s self-seeking displaying their delight of the great outdoors and some are lucky enough to be out traveling the world, living their best lives. As a result, it`s totally normal to uninstalled social media apps or perhaps unfollow friends that are continuously posting how good their lives may be. In contrast, a person with mental health may finds themselves at home in a dark isolated room and with the negative influence of social media, one may drop lower down the isolated rabbit hole of mental health.
Self- stigma among the mentally ill
People who commence experiencing and recognising symptoms of their mental health condition (e.g. anxiety/ depression – “why try attitude”), stigma can lead to some people avoiding and trying to distinct themselves from having these feelings (anxiety/ depression) that can deteriorate projections of recovery and well-being. In fact,
Heroes of the community
In truth, some people are commonly the bigheartedness of our society in a time of a crisis, & it is something truly astounding when it comes to helping to take the stress away from another. Arriving at the doorsteps are pizzas, curries and lasagnes. Flowers, chocolates, cake are self-delivered along with a big comforting hug. Even the school runs are distributed out in whispered. This is astonishing as
Mental health treatment of today world
On the contrary to asylums, in today world, there are psychiatric hospitals run by state government and local community hospitals, with the importance on short-term stays, in which only those that are at treat to them or other are hospitalised. The good news is that, there are ways that are not cruel in coping with the outcome to have positive mental health. Nowadays, a person suffering with mental health illness could speak to a primary care physician, who most likely refer to a specialist in therapy such as a cognitive behavior therapy counselors, psychologists and therapists.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) as an answer to mental health (how to deal with it)
CBT has been proven as an effective treatment for mental illness such as low self-esteem, depression, irrational fears, substance misuse (smoking, drinking or other drug use), insomnia, gambling problems and finally anxiety (social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder). CBT enable one to recognize and encounter unhelpful thoughts through the means of learning practical self-help strategies to positively enhance one’s quality of life and to reach their goals or live the life they want to live. The purpose of CBT is to show the mentally ill how’s your cognitive mindset affects their mood and educate the patient how to think in a lesser amount of negativity regarding one self and one life. CBT is based around the principle that negative thinking is a habit and like any other habit it can be broken.
CBT is beneficially to one with mental health illness as
For instance, a user once said after a series of CBT that over time, it eventually, becomes clearer. “One day, walking in a forest, alone, I hear a twig breaking and the sound echoes in my mind. Suddenly, bang, it hits me. After all, along, it was in fact FEAR using me, controlling and getting the better of me”. As Donald Miller once said, “fear tricks us into leading a boring life”. Allowing your mind to think will not overcome “fear” but “ACTIONS” will. “Things started to eventually settle down once one starts to put themselves and their health first.
Physical exercise as a coping mechanism with mental health illness
There are certain things people can do to reduce stress in their life to improve their health and fitness. Exercise is an effective way of combating depression without the use of prescription drugs. Significant research has established that physical exercise is oftentimes as effective as antidepressants for helping people who suffer with depressive disorders.
As a result, it is known that someone who is suffering from stress and depression can reap amazing benefits from a properly designed fitness program. Exercising can help reduce stress, exercising works as a natural antidepressant to reduce stress and anxiety.
If people feel like they just don't have time to exercise they can start off by taking short walks on their breaks. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is another smart way to get in some quick exercise. Doing yoga is another great exercise to reduce stress. Yoga also enhances concentration and sharpens the mind.
Regular exercise helps people lose weight which often makes an individual feel better about themselves. Exercise provides various benefits for the entire body. A few benefits include improving heart health and muscle tone and strength. Exercise also minimizes levels of stress, anxiety and depression. One does not need to be a runner to experience the psychological effects of exercise. All kinds of exercises are beneficial. Moderate exercises such as walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, swimming, biking, golf, rebounding and yoga provide variety and great health benefits.
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