The Problem Of Mental Illness

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Introduction There can be no gainsaying as to the fact that the problem of providing adequate mental care for mentally ill citizens is not new (Turnquist, n.d). As a matter of fact, according to the Center for Social Studies Associate Laboratory (2010), mental illness has always necessitated a challenge with regard to the society’s capacity to not only integrate such individuals, but also provide care to them. One key impediment surrounding the matter of mental illness, according to Unite for Sight.org (2013), is culture. As Unite for Sight.org (2013) continues to asset, culture has always played a role in how mental illness is viewed within the society especially based on religion. In this regard, most cultures perceive mental illness as a form of punishment from a Supreme Being, or the resulting possession from an evil being. Whatever the reason, the fact f the matter remains that previous generations perceived mental illness negatively, thereby leading to its ultimate stigmatization. From this basis, we can, therefore, solidly establish the case for the institutionalization of those found to be mentally ill within the society. According to Unite for Sight.org (2013), the principle of institutionalizing those who were mentally ill was advanced primarily by Dorothea Dix, in the 1840’s. In Dix’s perspective, the mentally ill deserved better living conditions which would aid in their treatment and recovery. Based on this fact, Dix, therefore, persuaded the federal

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