Conversations I Wish I Had

Society and Mental Illness

What can you do with anthropology?

“Nearly 50% of adults experience a mental illness at some point in their lives.” However, only about a fifth of them every try to receive help. In terms of mental illness, one can have a mental disability or simply be displaying traits of a mental illness brought on by extreme situations, such as grief. It is often difficult to distinguish between the two; thus mental illness and mental health are considered as a continuum.

Before, anyone who was considered ‘not mentally stable’ was placed into asylums and institutions. However, within the last few decades there have been developments to “deinstitutionalize” mental hospital patients and try to immerse them in society more. This development, called the Olmstead decision, strives to treat people in community settings. One method of doing so is using family as a form of treatment for outpatients instead of returning to the institution. This way, stronger familial bonds…

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