Abstract: The Domino Effect of Stigma in Mental Illness

by S.Abate on May 15, 2014 - 10:28am

I care about the topic of drug-free treatment for mental illness because I strongly believe that it should be encouraged around the world. I’ve seen people in my life that are close to me suffer from mental disorders and the horrible side effects they had to go through while taking pharmaceuticals and visiting doctors every week. I care about it even more than I did before because I know a lot more about it now. In order to get my results, I read and analyzed specific chapters from 3 different novels that I found the most relevant to my topic. I learned lots of things I had never known before. I learned a lot about the history of medicine and treatment for mental disorders, about different types of medications and what they do, the stigma of mental illness and how it can really effect the world in many ways. I’m hoping that I efficiently teach the reader what I learned through my final paper and that they will be inspired to find out more about this issue like I was.

 

Works cited: 

-       Thompson, Melissa. Race, Gender, and Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2005. Print.

-       Kelly, Timothy A. Healing the Broken Mind: Transforming America's Failed Mental Health System. New York: New York UP, 2009. Print.

-       Everett, Barbara. Stigma - the Hidden Killer: Background Paper and Literature Review. N.p.: Mood Disorders Society of Canada, 2006. Print.

Comments

I find your abstract very interesting since my topic is very similar to yours. I believe like you that drugs treatment for mental disorders are not the best end that we should find other types of solutions. I invite you to read my abstract about prescribed drug addiction because by reading about this subject changed my perspective on medication. I also would like to say that I like the fact that you took a topic that was close to you so you can put more of your personal touch on it.

I find your abstract very interesting since my topic is very similar to yours. I believe like you that drugs treatment for mental disorders are not the best end that we should find other types of solutions. I invite you to read my abstract about prescribed drug addiction because by reading about this subject changed my perspective on medication. I also would like to say that I like the fact that you took a topic that was close to you so you can put more of your personal touch on it.

The Domino Effect of Stigma: I strongly agree with this article because mental illness is a disease that is very present today and is killing and damaging many people. I can also relate to this issue because I myself in my family has had people suffer from these conditions. I believe it is a problem that many people try to avoid but it cannot because it is such a huge problem. This abstract seems very interesting.

Your topic is very interesting as well as extremely important to everyday life! I agree with you that treating mental illnesses with drugs is not the best way to approach the situation. For example, I volunteered at an Aboriginal Shelter (Projets Autochtones du Quebec) and I learned that the shelter's staff refuses to associate their participants with drugs. Instead, they use positive reinforcement such as activities to boost their self-esteem, this helps them keep a positive outlook on their lives.

Your research is really interesting because as you said people do not know a lot about mental illness and the treatment related. Your abstract make me wonder about my own knowledge on this subject and I agree with you, drug-free treatment seems like a great way to treat these illnesses. Also, I found it really interesting that you decided to take chapters from books instead of articles, which makes it more original. Your post made me want to learn a little bit more on the subject, thank you for sharing it with us!

It’s indeed a shameful state of affairs to see that there is still a great deal of stigma relayed to those plagued by mental illness. It’s unfortunate that the only curative solution we propose is silencing patients with prescription medications, but it’s not necessarily the drugs that are at fault, in my opinion. The blame should be put squarely on pharmaceutical companies that value profit over cure. Many patients exhibit an abusive and almost self-destructive relationship with their medication simply because the manufacturers that produce these drugs have not properly considered the adverse effects that they can deliver.

I agree with you that people are still very uneducated when it comes to mental illnesses. Nonetheless, it’s improving, at least people attained with mental illnesses are no longer avoided as they once were. In addition, your take on using drug-free treatments sound interesting. Nevertheless, I don’t think it would be effective in all cases. Some mental illnesses like depression are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and do need drugs to help the body regain its natural chemical balance. It would be interesting to learn more about the subject and your take on drugless treatments.

This topic of drug -free treatment is very interesting. I’m intrigued to know more about this because I have not heard of this kind of treatment before. I’m in criminology and have studied psychology and have always heard about treating the mentally ill with some sort of drug related treatment because of their condition. It’s nice to learn something new that is related to my field of study!

It is a good abstract which elaborates about most facts and arguments you will show that confirm how pharmaceutical products have a lot of side effects of mental ill people. I believe that people that have to deal with mental problems should not also have to face very strong effects on they mental stability. My younger brother got diagnostic with autism and even though he is young today I would strongly suggest him to take drug-free treatments.

As much as this is a coherent abstract as it should be, I find this research very impacting. In fact, I feel somewhat horrified about how people with mental disorders suffer from horrible side effects, because why does it mean to ruin one in order to outweigh one or more effects of the disorder? To be truthful, I do have a disorder myself, but I can’t let it define what I am because it’s way too stereotypical and goes against my personality.

You’re in luck for having to read three novels to learn about medicine and treatment of mental disorders, because I think there has to be a way to advocate changes on treatment for a more humane approach, rather than just push the drug on and compelling the patient to take it. I also like that you’re using a novel published by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, because there is at least some governmental organization involved in revising the health care system for people with mental disorders and bringing awareness of multiple ideas, especially the stigma.

So, whatever you have done in your research paper should be a good one. If it grasps the user’s attention, that’s great news, because the user may be interested in investigating more of the stigma. Looking forward to checking it out!

I think that this is a very interesting subject. I also believe that other alternatives could be considered to treat patients suffering of mental illnesses. Your essay is closely related to mine since I was looking at concussions in sports which in lot of cases leads to mental illnesses for players who have suffered many concussions. The information from your essay could had more depth to mine.

I totally agree with your point of view. I can deeply relate to this matter because you introduced the topic very well and because I just saw my grandmother past away few weeks ago. It was hard to accept the feeling of seeing a family member suffering from drugs side effects. It felt heavy on the inside and it was as if I could feel her pain just watching her reaction. Drugs provided by doctors are suppose to help patients recover from illness, but what if the doctor doesn't know if the drug prescribed would actually heal the illness.That's what happened in my grandmother's case. She had to suffer the side effects of drugs over and over again because the doctors didn't know how to cure the "unknown" illness she had. It was a painful experience visiting her every time, she would grab my mother's hand tightly and never let go. I know it made her happy seeing us every time, but I'm sure my mother was crying a lot see her mother feel that much pain and suffering from those mental disorders.

I totally agree with your point of view. I can deeply relate to this matter because you introduced the topic very well and because I just saw my grandmother past away few weeks ago. It was hard to accept the feeling of seeing a family member suffering from drugs side effects. It felt heavy on the inside and it was as if I could feel her pain just watching her reaction. Drugs provided by doctors are suppose to help patients recover from illness, but what if the doctor doesn't know if the drug prescribed would actually heal the illness.That's what happened in my grandmother's case. She had to suffer the side effects of drugs over and over again because the doctors didn't know how to cure the "unknown" illness she had. It was a painful experience visiting her every time, she would grab my mother's hand tightly and never let go. I know it made her happy seeing us every time, but I'm sure my mother was crying a lot see her mother feel that much pain and suffering from those mental disorders.

I strongly agree with what you are trying to say in your abstract. I believe that fighting a mental disorder with drugs only covers, or hides, the disorder and that no real help is given. Also, I believe that drugs for these disorders are over-prescribed, for example there has been a significant rise in treating ADD and ADHD children who are often not the case; they are simply doing what children do and giving them drugs that mess with their head is not the best solution in my opinion.

I have to say I’ve never had an experience in which a close one consumed so many pills. I have the privilege of having quite a healthy family. I do know however how bad treatments can be on the long term. Taking a cocktail of pills every day, although it can help treating the disease, can be very dangerous as it can weaken the immune system or create an addiction. I personally try to stay away from drugs as much as possible so as to make sure I stay as healthy as possible. It is known that, in Quebec, we have a tendency to consume pills at an excessive rate and this can only lead to more problems. Our body was made to resist many diseases and, as long as we’re not talking about a lethal disease, we need to let it do its job.

This is such a great topic to research. You always hear about medications that are suppose to reduce or eliminate mental disorders, but its not everyday that you hear of research directed away from medication. I'm sure that you will find a ton of interesting case studies that have proven progress in a mental distorted state. This topic makes me think of the movie Reign on me with Adam Sandler. I believe in the movie Sandler suffered from post traumatic disorder and he was NOT on medication. You should check this movie out when you have some time. In any case, a lot of people could find a lot of success from just having supportive people in the corner and not people around them that think they are "crazy". I would love to see what turns up in your research. Thanks, Barb!

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