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Vulnerability of Mental Illness to the Community Health

Mental health is a field involved in the study of dysfunction of the mind and provision of clinical interventions for the patients of psychological disorders whose social and occupational aspects have been affected. Mental health issues come along with other social effects such as depression, exposure to diseases and deteriorating health condition. Initially, the mental health patients in the United States were treated at the state’s institutions. The move by the authorities to deinstitutionalize mental health centers led to negligence to the patients who were deprived of medical attention. The families are the most affected by the mentally ill members due to the inadequacy of resources such as specialized facilities, interaction skills, and finances to support them. Cultural diversity in the United States plays a role in the way people of different ethnicity and race treat mental illness. It has been noted the ethnic minorities are growing at a faster rate and their attention to mental illness health care is insufficient, hence a need for sensitization. Researchers state that treatments at an early stage can help reduce the prevalence of mental disorder and other illnesses (Nies & McEwen, 2015).

The mentally ill patients are at higher risks of contracting other chronic diseases since their immunity is compromised by the exposure to the unhealthy environment. Moreover, mental disorder comes along with distress and stigmatization by the community due to outrageous behavior that contradicts the social norms and cultures of the community. The victims are stigmatized and left on their own which is a challenge and may become homeless, engaged in violence and jailed. Alzheimer and Schizophrenia are some of the common mental illnesses the community is exposed to alongside depression. The Severe mental disorder is the illness that occurs in children leading to clinical depression, hallucinations, substance abuse and anger. Mental illnesses are associated with eating disorders…

 

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