Sigmund Freud's View Of Mental Illness

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For my topic of social issues, I’d like to discuss mental illness. Throughout human history, mental illness has been a mystery to many. Until recent medical advances, doctors were not able to determine the cause of the disease. Now that we’re able to pinpoint the basis of the problem as abnormalities in the brain, how much have we progressed as a society in the understanding of mental illness? Mental health is an issue that dates back to as early as 5000 BCE (Foerschner, 2010). If you open up any Psychology textbook, you’re able to find Sigmund Freud’s name. He’s known as the father of Psychology, a physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist, and influential thinker of the early twentieth century (Thornton, n.d.). Unlike many other scholars of the time, he developed new theories proposing a different outlook on mental illness; which helped shape the fundamental of psychology today. Although we have further understanding of mental illness, there are just as many social issues surrounding individuals troubled by the disease. Just like back in the twenties and even earlier than that, patients suffering from mental illness is still considered “wack” or “crazy”. The most disappointing aspect of them all, use of mental illness has become a common excuse for committing crimes.…show more content…
Criminals are showcased on news and most commonly labeled as ‘mentally disturbed’. Although there is a strong correlation between individuals with mental illness committing a crime, it’s become a fundamental of social stigmatism. Victims of crime, teachers, friends and family. Anybody, and everybody’s immediate family may be affected. Because the world’s population has grown so much, at least one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders (Geneva, 2001). Because of how common it is, it’s nearly impossible not to be affected by
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