Impact of Mental Illness Essay

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Impact of Mental Illness

Mental illness has the potential to impact every faucet of an individual’s life, as well as the lives of those close to them, including relationships (family and friends), vocational, financial, and behavioral tendencies. These effects differ between each individual due to the treatment approaches taken, the variety of diagnoses, and the intenseness of symptoms. At the age of seventeen Joe felt clueless when his usual good quality school and family life began to change due to a string of stressful experiences. Although his diagnosis was not made immediately, the symptoms of schizophrenia affected his daily life. He became delusional, began to withdrawal from friends, his senses were distorted and overall he was
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Mental illness does not only have an effect on relationships, occupation, recreation and finances, but also the overall routine of an individual’s daily life. An example of this may be the individual’s reaction, or lack thereof, to environmental stimuli, which may imply a distorted viewpoint (Barlow, D.H. et al., 1995). When Joe first started experiencing symptoms he became introverted and uncomfortable around people. As a result of a distortion of his senses he began to react to his peers coughing. He felt as though every time he moved they would cough and this sense of paranoia kept Joe from much movement, eventually this played a part in his leaving university. A common area of schizophrenia is the idea of outside forces that preoccupy the individual, in turn disrupting their own thoughts and actions. When Orton was first diagnosed and put on medication he thought his pills were placebos and overdosed. Orton’s overdosing was repetitive and ended up in hospitalization following each ‘stint’.
This example can also show how certain medications impact the individual and may also affect those who are connected to the individual. Another occurrence in Orton’s life was nearly sexually assaulting a woman while he was in the hospital. During this time he had aggressive tendencies towards females, but is now on a medication that keeps his aggression low. This along