Martin Luther King Jr, And Ethical Concerns

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As Christian’s we often forget or fail to acknowledge that mental illness can happen to us. Naturally, we are all humans too and what I have learned thus far is that some mental illnesses do not discriminate. Whether some illnesses are genetically driven or environmentally driven, illness can have a major impact on how the individual functions. Mental illnesses have affected many Christian leaders in the past and present. It has been said that some illnesses such as depression may have fueled some Christian leaders. Specifically, Martin Luther King Jr. was said to have depression, which helped him empathize with people. In this paper I will explore background information on Martin Luther King Jr, and ethical concerns that could come up in treatment. In addition, I will present a DSM-V diagnosis; provide a theoretical orientation, and a treatment plan that will work with Mr. King if he was my client. Background Information Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia (Mwita, 2004). Martin’s father was a Baptist Reverend and his mother was an accomplished organist and leader of their church choir, so he was practically raised in the church. As a child Martin was a pretty well behaved boy, but he reports that he remembers events in his life that caused him great anger (Mwita, 2004). He remembers issues of racism and the sudden loss of his Grandmother that caused him great distress. Martin suffered from depression for most of his life. Martin was a

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