Although this perspective is well-founded given that the health of women is well documented to have a positive impact on the general health of all members of a society, too often a common focus among health policy decision makers is to emphasize maternal and child health. Women's health within the policy domain is often defined as reproductive health and identified with women's children's health.
Mental Health Care System The history of mental illness in the United States is a good representation of the ways in which trends in psychiatry and cultural understanding of mental illness influence national policy and attitudes towards mental health.
Early History of Mental Illness 1 Many cultures have viewed mental illness as a form of religious punishment or demonic possession.
In ancient Egyptian, Indian, Greek, and Roman writings, mental illness was categorized as a religious or personal problem.
In the 5th century B.
During the Middle Ages, the mentally ill were believed to be possessed or in need of religion. Negative attitudes towards mental illness persisted into the 18th century in the United States, leading to stigmatization of mental illness, and unhygienic and often degrading confinement of mentally ill individuals.
Mental Health Hospitals and Deinstitutionalization In the s, activist Dorothea Dix lobbied for better living conditions for the mentally ill after witnessing the dangerous and unhealthy conditions in which many patients lived. Over a year period, Dix successfully persuaded the U.
Institutionalization was also welcomed by families and communities struggling to care for mentally ill relatives.
The number of institutionalized mentally ill patients fell from its peak ofin the s toby While many studies have reported positive outcomes from community-based mental health care programs, including improvements in adaptive behaviors, friendships, and patient satisfaction, other studies have found that individuals living in family homes or in independent community living settings have significant deficits in important aspects of health care, including vaccinations, cancer screenings, and routine medical checks.
In many cases, deinstitutionalization has also shifted the burden of care to the families of mentally ill individuals, though they often lack the financial resources and medical knowledge to provide proper care. According to this theory, deinstitutionalization, combined with inadequate and under-funded community-based mental health care programs, has forced the criminal justice system to provide the highly structured and supervised environment required by a minority of the severely mentally ill population.
A number of governmental initiatives have also helped improve the U. InHarry Truman passed the National Mental Health Act, which created the National Institute of Mental Health and allocated government funds towards research into the causes of and treatments for mental illness.
InCongress passed the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Health Centers Construction Act, which provided federal funding for the development of community-based mental health services. Other government interventions and programs, including social welfare programs, have worked to improve mental health care access.
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