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Purdue Global Unit 9 Effects of Mental Illness on Society Paper

Question Description

Mental Illness and the Impact on Society

For this week’s Discussion, you are to discuss the effects mental illness has on society. To help you prepare with the Assignment, review any of the supplemental sources:

  1. Lockey, C. J. (2013, February 9). To treat mental illness, we need a more reasonable civil commitment law: Guest opinion. Oregon Live. Retrieved from http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/02/to_treat_mental_illness_we_nee.html
  2. Editors. (2012, February 23). The neglect of mental illness exacts a huge toll, human and economic. Scientific American. Retrieved from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-neglect-of-mental-illness/
  3. PBS. (2005). Frontline: The new asylums. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/asylums/view/

Next, locate one credible source from the Library or the internet about the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the effects it has on society (e.g., criminal behavior, alcohol or drug abuse, negatively impact interpersonal relationships, or homelessness). Use this information to write a letter to your congressperson (without the intention of sending it) to explain the following:

  1. The magnitude of the problem of mental illness.
  2. What is being done to improve the situation (such as your state’s programs or organizations).
  3. How the problem affects a society.
  4. What steps you believe should be taken to combat the problem and reduce the prevalence of mental illness or the specific problem you chose.



Please read the following chapters from your text:

Chapters 12: “Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders”

Chapter 14: “Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issue


References

Durand, V.M; & Barlow, D. H. Essentials of Abnormal Psychology



Final Answer

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Running head: MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY

Mental Illness and the Impact on Society
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MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY

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Dear Congress,
I want to bring to your attention one of the issues that have become very prevalent in
society. Having enrolled in a psychology class, the problem of mental illness is of interest to me.
As I was conducting my research, I have come to realize that mental illnesses cases are on the rise
in society. According to a report from the World Health Organization, about 450 million people
have a mental illness. Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person's mood, behavior as well
as their thinking. Such as...

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