Insanity: The Cause Of Mental Illness

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When the word “insanity” comes up, people often think of the quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Although people usually credit this quote to Albert Einstein, the actual origin of this saying is unknown. But whoever’s saying this is, it’s false.
The dated definition of insanity is, “A severely disordered state of mind usually occurring as a specific disorder.” Throughout history, many cultures had widely different views in regards to mental health conditions and insanity. For example, the Ancients Greeks believed that the same factors that cause physical pain also caused mental illnesses and behaviors related to mental illnesses. Other early historical records show that people thought insanity resulted from possession, supernatural forces, and/or divine punishment. During the 18th century in the United States and Great Britain, people who were deemed “insane” were locked away in an insane asylum. However, the diagnostic for those who were insane had an extremely loose criteria. People who didn’t conform to social norms, people with speech or hearing impediments, and wives who displeased their husbands were victims who were thrown in an asylum. These events in history have …show more content…

Words like “insane” and “crazy” often refer to someone’s mental illness first rather than as a person. As a result, these words increase the stigma around mental illnesses by portraying those who are mentally ill as “bad people,” even if those words weren’t used with any harmful intent. These words create stereotypes that people with mental illnesses are violent, dumb, and should be avoided at all costs. The idea that someone’s mental illness is their own fault and they deserve to suffer the consequences still exists, though due to mainstream exposure, many more people instead recognize it as a health

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