• Asha Creary

Bringing Mental Illness Awareness to You

There are three major explanations for mental illness, supernatural, psychological, and biological models. Before the condition was discovered, the deviant behaviors were associated with the supernatural and also a refection battle between evil and good. When confronted with irrational behavior, unexplainable, and upheaval, and suffering, people have perceived evil. As a matter of fact, in the Persian Empire from 900 to 600 B.C, all physical and mental disorders were being considered as the work of evil. The physical causes of mental disorders have been sought in history. In ancient Rome, Greek, Indian, and Egypt writing, mental illness was described as a personal or religious problem. In the 5th century B.C. Hippocrates was the first person to treat mentally ill persons using techniques that were not rooted in superstitions or religions (Harrington & Estes, 2004). He focused on changing the patient’s occupation, or environment, or administrating some substances as the medication. During the middle age, the mentally ill were considered to be either need of religion or possessed. The persistence of the negative attitude towards mental illness persisted in the 18th century. As a result, there was an increased stigmatization of patients with mental illness.

In the United States, the mental illness history is a perfect demonstration of the way in which trends in cultural and physical comprehending the influence of mental illness, the attitudes towards mental health as well as the national policies is a process. The United States has been among the best countries that have relatively good systems on mental care (Young, 2010). The majority of people in the United States see mental illness as a form of demonic possession or religious punishment.

Mental disorder can be defined as a condition that affects behaviors, thinking, and moods or a combination of those. The condition is largely associated with distress or the problem functioning in the family, work, or social activities. About 19% of the adult in the United States are suffering from a mental condition. One out of 24 which translates to 4.1% has a resinous mental condition. Also one out of 12 people which translates to 8.5% has a diagnosable substance disorder (Mizock & Russinova, 2016). The condition of mental illness can be treated. Majority of those what mental conditions are able to continue with their daily activities. Majorities also with the illness never like to discuss their condition.

There are various ways in which one can get help from, first, talk to the family doctor who can give a referral or even a local medical officer. The second one can approach the insurance company which he is insured in for further directions. Veterans can also seek help from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Another way is the use of the local health department, mental health division who offers free or low-cost mental services. Also one can use employment assistance programs that can help one get the correct medication. Finally, there are support groups that can help one when in need of mental medication.


Harrington, C., & Estes, C. L. (2004). Health policy: Crisis and reform in the U.S. health care delivery system. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z. (2016). Acceptance of mental illness: Promoting recovery among culturally diverse groups. Oxford University Press.

Young, M. D. (2010). Madness: An American history of mental illness and its treatment. McFarland.

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