Mental health: How medication might be the problem and not the solution.
by S.Abate on April 8, 2014 - 7:44pm
The issue in the news that I’ve been writing about and plan to do my essay on is the stigma around mental health, how drug-free treatment (such as counseling and group therapy) is more effective than pharmaceutical treatment, and how these two topics have a connection. Some of the news stories that I’ve summarized that really caught my attention and inspired me to dig deeper was the story of Alain Magloire, a mentally ill homeless man who was shot and killed by police as well as the story of the 20 year-old Sasha Menu Courey who was raped by three of her fellow classmates. Her school did not do enough investigating on her case, instead she was forced to be taken out of school, and she eventually committed suicide. The first academic discipline that I plan to find a journal article on is neuropsychology, which is the study of the structure and function of the brain while it relates to a certain behavior and psychological processes. It is a clinical and experimental field of psychology where the goal is to study, assess, understand and treat behaviors that relate directly to brain functioning. The second discipline is counseling psychology, which is a psychological specialty that researches and applies work in multiple domains like, counseling process and outcomes, on-going supervision and training, career development, as well as prevention and health. The third is medical psychology, which consists of applying psychological principles to the practice of medicine in both physical and mental disorders. I think these disciplines and finding journals that talk about them will help me get my point across in my essay because they are important elements that have a connection when it comes to mental illness, treatment, and medication.