Meantal Health Illness

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Mental health illness is often created and diagnosed from the subjective judgment of mental health professionals. Often times, diagnosis consists of undesirable traits perceived by the dominant society as a problem. Society creates beliefs and dictates social norms in order to instilling social order. Moreover, marginalized groups that are often disenfranchised are often diagnosed and labeled with mental illnesses, because of the inability to become resilient and successful from impoverished conditions. Delgado and Stefancic (2001) describe Intersectionality as multiple identities that oppress individuals that feature undesirable traits depicted in society. As a result, many people of color, features of disability and women may be…show more content…
An interesting point Pouba and Tianen (2006) express about women in the Mendota Mental Asylum was that the majority of women placed in the facility were immigrant women. Herein, women that were likely to be not acculturated towards dominant ideals were labeled with mental health diagnosis. In comparison, many people currently with mental health diagnosis may be negatively label due to the reluctant of assimilating towards dominant social attitudes and expectations. In conclusion, mental health diagnosis is heavily subjective to the dominant ideals in society. People that are of lower social status may be stigmatized with mental illnesses, because they may be unable to represent the expectation of being successful. Furthermore, mental health diagnosis often hinders the ability in being successful; because people may believe that they have mental disorders and are stigmatized from society. References Delgado, R., & Stefancic, J. (2001). Critical Race Theory: an introduction. New York: New York University Press. Pouba, K., & Tianen, A. (2006). Lunacy in the 19th Century, Women Admissions to Asylums in United States of America. Oshkosh Scholar, 1, 95-103. Scull, A. (1993). The Most Solitary of Afflictions. Madness and Society in Britain, 26-33. Walton, J. K. (1985). Casting Out and Bringing Back in Victorian England: pauper lunatics, 1840-70. London: Tavistock Press. The current practice in the mental health field has been

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