Essay about The Stigma of Mental Illness

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Webster’s dictionary defines a stigma as a mark of social disgrace. The stigmas surrounding mental illness have, for many years, stifled peoples interests in learning about the disorders people must live with. Mental illness has been around as long as people have been around. Times have changed and people have become more educated. The advancements towards understanding mental illnesses have introduced a whole new series of problems and solutions. Mental disorders are now classified and symptoms are more easily diagnosed. Mental illness is starting to be seen in younger and younger people. Doctors and psychiatric nurses alike will agree that children are being diagnosed younger and younger, but the good thing about this is now …show more content…
Mood disorders include Bipolar and Depressive disorders. The most unfortunate thing about mental disorders is they don’t come alone, mental disorders are usually always paired with or mixed with another disorder and have numerous other health problems that accompany them. Through advancements in medicine and education, mental illness no longer holds the trump card to the way people live their lives.
Mental Disorders have different causes depending on the disorder. The main causes of mental illness can be set into two groups, organic and inorganic. Organic caused disorders are disorders that are inherited from a family member. This family member must be direct like a mother or father for some disorders. With some other disorders however, it doesn’t matter how far back the connection goes. Developed disorders are also an organic cause; these disorders can occur even if no one in a family has ever had any sort of mental illness. Doctors are still searching for the reason why some disorders are developed. Inorganically caused mental illnesses are the disorders that are caused from the introduction and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Disorders that can be caused by substance abuse include Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic Disorder, Psychotic Disorder, Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Sleep Disorder, Sexual Dysfunction, Flashbacks and Persisting Perception Disorder. Intoxication and toxic effects are the “desired effects” that lead…