Racial, Ethnic, And Socio Economical Disparities Of Mental Health

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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Treatment
Paige S. Hogeland
Denver School of Nursing

Racial, Ethnic, and Socio-economical Disparities in Mental Health Mental health has been a recurring topic in present society and it is a very large section of health care in general. Health can be termed as an absence of disease, but it really is much more than that and should encompass every facet of the human, mind and body. The WHO defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual can function properly and productively, cope with life stressors, and contribute to community. Mental health is dependent on many factors, mainly social, biological, and psychological (WHO). A mental disorder is a condition of alterations in mood, thought, and/or behavior, associated with distress or decreased functioning. Mental disorders often cause many other problems such as disability, pain, or death. Mental health treatment, as any other healthcare treatment, should be accessible for those affected and society should be supportive and integrative with adapting to the needs of others. Unfortunately, this does not consistently occur, not only in the United States, but across the globe. Mental illness covers a broad spectrum of diagnosable mental disorders. Common mental disorders are as follows: alcohol/substance abuse, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, sleep disorders, sexual disorders,…
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