Mental disorders come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that they all have in common is the common misconception of the conditions. From acute depression to severe schizophrenia, these disorders come with daily obstacles that most don’t have to endure. Since mental disorders occur underneath physical appearances, they are not only more difficult to understand, but extremely strenuous to treat. The history of treatment towards mentally ill patients is beyond devastating as well as painfully embarrassing for the human race.
As time has passed, the understanding of the human brain has developed beyond any 18th century doctor could possibly fathom. Before the knowledge of mental illness’ became more advanced, doctor’s would resort to the most barbaric and inhumane treatments to help cure their patients. Even with the most minor conditions, doctors would come to the conclusion that these individuals needed to be separated from the rest, viewing them as a danger or simply inadequate to society. To try and cure their patients, they would perform extremely high risk procedures and force a waterfall worth of pills down their throats. Or maybe the family did not have the means to take care of the individual’s needs, turning to psychiatric wards for assistance.
Medical attention for people with mental disabilities has progressed substantially, providing financial aid and counseling for anybody who might be interested. Medications have also reached new milestones, providing a variety of treatment options for all areas of mental disorders. One thing that I think is very important to understand about the mentally ill is the importance of shaping the treatment around the individual, understanding that the same treatment may not work for the same condition.
In this piece of writing, I am working on uncovering the change in treatment towards the mentally ill. I believe that it is important to understand mental illness’ in order to respectively react to individuals that may have these mental disorders or characteristics that relate to them.