The Delusional Misconception of Asylums

The Delusional Misconception of Asylums: The History of Mental Health

Ledishla Acevedo Rodriguez
St. Thomas University

The Delusional Misconception of Asylums

Since the beginning of time, people have had misconceptions on what mental illness really is. Given that people tend to fear what they do not understand, people with mental illness were more likely to be victimized due to people's misconceptions of mental illness. Mentally ill people were violently and inhumanely treated all over the world for centuries. For the ancient Chinese, Hebrews and Egyptians, abnormal behavior resulted from spirit possession. The treatment to release them from spirit possession would be drilling ...

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with time in many different aspects, it was as if society's way of viewing mental health was not in any way evolving for the better, but remained the same or worsened.
Before we got to chapter 15 in our Introduction to Psychology class, I had some knowledge of how inhumanely people with mental illness had been treated. Since I was a little girl, my mom and I used to watch movies and Netflix series until dawn. We especially enjoyed watching movies and series that would teach us about history. From all the movies and series we have watched, there have been many series where asylums were portrayed as very inhumane and cruel places. What always caught my attention was that mentally ill patients in those facilities were portrayed as lunatics who could bring harm to others; such assumptions gave these facilities the right to treat mentally ill people in such harmful ways. Growing up, I had this dark and scary perception of mentally ill patients and especially about psychiatric ...

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Added: 9/11/2018 12:22:17 AM
Submitted By: acevedo2017
Category: Psychology
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 606
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